Attention Ohio Farmers Senate Bill 57

Attention Ohio Farmers! Senate Bill 57 May Make It Possible for You to Begin Cultivating Hemp

Senate Bill 57, passed by the Ohio legislature in 2019, and signed into law, decriminalized Hemp and has paved the way for farmers to begin cultivating Hemp in the State of Ohio.  Most provisions of Senate Bill 57 are currently in effect, but not all of Senate Bill 57’s provisions will be effective until the late Spring of 2020.

You may be asking yourself, “What is Hemp?”

Hemp is a plant from the cannabis family and is commonly compared to marijuana. However, Hemp does not produce the “intoxicating effects” of the cannabis plant, marijuana.[1] Interestingly, the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture states that “Hemp yields a strong fiber, used in textiles”[2] and that “The [Hemp] seed has a nutritional value and can be eaten…Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be extracted from the plant…and is now being used in food and dietary supplements.”[3]

If you are interested in cultivating Hemp, you will need to obtain a license as outlined under State law and through the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture. According to Fox 8 News, “The rules approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review were required by last year’s Ohio legislative hemp legalization bill and should take final effect next month.”[4]  It is important to note that the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture will be testing CBD products in Ohio for safety and accurate labeling to protect Ohio consumers.

If an Ohio farmer obtains a license to cultivate Hemp, it may give that farmer a potential revenue stream to assist in offsetting years of declining commodity prices.[5] The Ohio Dept. of Agriculture has additional information that may be helpful for farmers looking to apply for the proper licenses to begin cultivating hemp.[6]

Because of the complexity of cultivating Hemp under Federal and State law, it is important to consult with an attorney who can assist you through this process. The attorneys at White Law Office, Co. are available to help assist farmers across the state who are interested in pursuing this new endeavor in cultivating Hemp.

Matthew A. Kearney

James Baker


[2] Id.

[3] Id.


[5] Id.


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