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Law and consequences
Did Ohio accidentally and temporarily legalize marijuana? It’s complicated. On July 30, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a law legalizing hemp in the Buckeye State. The law distinguished between legal hemp and illegal marijuana based on levels of psychoactive THC. In August, officials in Ohio’s capital city Columbus said they didn’t have equipment that could test THC levels, meaning authorities could no longer prosecute misdemeanor marijuana cases because they could not prove in court that marijuana was not hemp. On Aug. 12, state Attorney General Dave Yost said his agency would foot the bill for private lab testing for cases involving amounts that would merit felony charges. Yost said he hopes to outfit Ohio cities with testing equipment by year’s end.