Ohio pharmacy board explains CBD oil position, enforcement

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy says cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotic cannabis compound derived from hemp, has always been illegal in Ohio; but how that will be enforced remains unclear.

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy says cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotic cannabis compound derived from hemp, has always been illegal in Ohio; but how that will be enforced remains unclear. The board recently advised the state's medical marijuana dispensary licensees and prescribers, including hospitals, that CBD is only legal when extracted and sold via the state's still-developing medical marijuana program. The board also released a series of questions and answers, saying its guidance was intended to be informational and it will reassess action "if CBD continues to be illegally sold despite entities having accurate information." Several stores in central Ohio were stocking CBD products as of August 30. Products infused with CBD are advertised as containing CBD from hemp, defined in federal law as cannabis plants that contain 0.3% or less of psychoactive compound THC. Board spokeswoman Ali Simon said the board is working to develop a field guide for law enforcement.