But last month’s advisory from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reminding retailers of the restrictions cast a pall over CBD sales throughout the state.
The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has no immediate plans to take punitive actions against vendors of CBD products, said board spokesman Grant Miller.
Confusion over the issue has created a conundrum for regulators, law enforcement, retailers and customers who swear by its medicinal properties.
Miller says people wanting to buy and use CBD oil will have to get examined by an approved physician for a prescription and then purchase the product through a medical marijuana dispensary. There are 56 dispensaries currently approved around the state, five of which are in Franklin County.
“CBD can be sold from being derivative from cannabis, so when it comes to that, I think people get very confused and get very scared to purchase,” Rinehart says.
“If CBD oil does continue to be sold illegally, despite us issuing the clarification and the frequently asked questions, we will reassess at that time,” Miller says. “Right now, our chief aim is to make everyone aware of how these things are defined under the revised code.”
But one day before the September 8 deadline, none of those dispensaries are operational. Some of them could open by the end of the year.
“I continue to be incredibly disappointed in the slow and inefficient rollout of Ohio’s medical marijuana program,” said Senate minority leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that patients who have been waiting for their quality of life to improve for the past two years will have to continue to wait.”