The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved industrial hemp licensing plans for Ohio, Louisiana and New Jersey. 

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The Ohio Attorney General says he is creating a grant program to help local law enforcement agencies test between hemp and marijuana. 

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says his office will no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana possession charges, because current tests make it difficult to determine the exact amount of THC. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a bill legalizing the growth and processing of hemp.

A Statehouse lobbyist is leading a new coalition representing Ohio's burgeoning hemp industry.

The Republican-led Legislature has passed a measure that would allow Ohio farmers and university researchers to grow industrial hemp and would legalize sales of hemp-derived cannabidiol oil, or CBD. 

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected the summary for a statewide ballot issue seeking to legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp.