Hemp legal in Ohio, but farmers must wait to start planting

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Hemp is now legal in Ohio, but don’t expect farmers to be able to grow it anytime soon.

With Governor DeWine’s signature of Senate Bill 57, the Ohio Department of Agriculture is now setting up a license structure for farmers interested in growing hemp.

RELATED: How to apply to grow hemp in Ohio

According to the Department of Agriculture, licenses will be required for farmers, processors and research facilities. Those licenses are not yet available.

The goal is to have farmers licensed and able to plant hemp by spring 2020.

The Department of Agriculture has set up a website where information will be made available.

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