“Officer, it is Hemp.” – Understand your options when you are caught with Cannabis Sativa

Understanding the law to protect yourself from Ohio possession charges

Ohio Senate Bill 57 removes hemp and hemp products from the definition of marijuana in Ohio law.  The Bill also prohibits the State Board of Pharmacy from listing hemp and hemp products as controlled substances; authorizes the State Director of Agriculture to establish a plan for regulating hemp cultivation pending approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and allows land being used in commercial hemp cultivation to be valued at current agricultural use value for tax assessment purposes.

This allows an Ohioian to possess as much hemp was they wish. Should they be questioned by law enforcement they can simply hand the officer the a copy of the following notice.

With decades of prohibition and unreasonable punishments, the upper hand has been placed back into the citizens.

The hypocrisy exists but it will not last

Everyone who is familiar with the cannabis industry knows the difference between Hemp flower & Marijuana flower is only a classification based on any flower containing less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC. Therefore if someone grows a strain of Marijuana that ends up containing less than 0.3% Delta-9 THC then the Agricultural Act of 2014, section 7606 calls the plant Hemp. If seeds from the plant are planted and grown and the Marijuana flower ends up containing 0.31% Delta-9 THC then it is classified as Marijuana, not Hemp.

The majority of the states passing medical marijuana legalization and several others have passed recreational use.


Ohio State Patrol has suspended training K9’s on Marijuana detection

Because marijuana and hemp are both from the cannabis plant and smell identical, dogs can’t tell the difference, so both the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Columbus Division of Police are suspending marijuana-detection training for new police dogs to uncomplicate probable cause issues in court.

“The decision to stop imprinting narcotic detection canines with the odor of marijuana was based on several factors,” including that the “odor of marijuana and the odor of hemp are the same,” said Highway Patrol spokesman Staff Lt. Craig Cvetan.

Once a dog has been trained to detect a certain narcotic, they can’t be retrained to stop reacting to that odor, Cvetan said. As for the 31 narcotic-detection canines currently deployed by the patrol, “we are evaluating what impact the hemp legislation may have.”