COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) – Ohio’s lawyer common is discouraging county prosecutors from shifting ahead with marijuana circumstances.
It is all about Ohio’s new hemp legislation that the governor signed simply final week. Ohio turned the 47th state within the nation to legalize rising, promoting and processing hemp, used for making issues like clothes and extracting the CBD oil for its well being advantages. So, if 46 different states can legalize hemp and never have an issue prosecuting marijuana circumstances, what’s the issue in Ohio?
Native 12 headed to a farm in Kentucky. It is all hemp the place it was all tobacco.
“Tobacco goes downhill fairly considerably. Everybody in Kentucky is on the lookout for one thing, so hopefully this may be a solution,” mentioned the farmer, certainly one of 1,000 in Kentucky who can legally develop hemp, which is up from 200 final yr.
“Now we’ve got to differentiate the distinction between hemp and marijuana. That is not attainable for a human being to do, it must be finished by crime evaluation,” mentioned Jason Pappas with Ohio’s Police Union, the FOP.
He says if officers cannot inform the distinction, how can they make an arrest? And Ohio’s lawyer common says there aren’t any labs in Ohio accredited to check quantities of THC content material, together with the state’s crime lab. So, he despatched a letter to Ohio prosecutors, saying the Bureau of Prison Investigations is in early levels of validating strategies to fulfill this new authorized requirement, one thing they are saying might take a number of months. Within the meantime, BCI is recommending prosecutors droop identification of marijuana testing and don’t indict any cannabis-related objects.
“It seems to be it is most likely a jab on the legislature for not offering the funding essential to get the best gear in an effort to do your job,” mentioned John Wright, the Gallatin County prosecutor.
He says he does not have an issue implementing the legislation. Whereas there’s a lab in Kentucky that may quantitatively measure THC, the backlog is big. He says he simply must be affected person, which is what Hamilton County’s prosecutor says he’ll do. Joe Deters countered the AG’s letter together with his personal, telling legislation enforcement the statute of limitations on felony marijuana costs is six years, so we’ve got loads of time. Officers ought to be instructed to research these crimes as earlier than. Solely the testing and charging should wait. Suspected marijuana ought to be confiscated and held for testing.
The lawyer common despatched Native 12 an e-mail Friday afternoon saying that new devices have been positioned within the Richfield lab final week and might be unboxed within the London lab this week, and they’re at present within the strategy of validating these devices.
The Columbus metropolis lawyer says not solely will his workplace not prosecute misdemeanor pot circumstances, however he is additionally dropping any pending circumstances.