Ohio Legislature Passes Bill Legalizing Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Products

Yesterday the Ohio General Assembly sent Senate Bill 57 – the bill to legalize the cultivation, processing, and sale of hemp and hemp-derived products – to the desk of Governor Mike DeWine for signature. Like most states, State Bill 57 delegates authority to the…

Administrative Control Lessens as New Amendments Take Shape

On July 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in the West B & C Room, 31st Floor, Riffe Building, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215, there will be a public hearing concerning the Ohio Department of Commerce’s (“DOC”) proposed updates to the regulations of…

Hemp Legislation Introduced in the Ohio Senate

Over the past several months, we have been meeting with Ohio policymakers to assist in the development of sound hemp policy in Ohio. This work is starting to bear fruit. We predicted last week that legislation would be introduced soon in the General Assembly,…

Hemp in Ohio

As we’ve written about in the past, the recent passage of the Farm Bill is a watershed moment for hemp. The Farm Bill removed Hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and made the plant and its derivatives legal under federal law.  Thus, under federal…

Seller Beware: State Agencies Starting to “Embargo” Ohio CBD Products

The confusion surrounding the treatment of CBD products in Ohio is causing disruption to businesses. Under federal law, hemp and its derivatives (like hemp-derived CBD) are no longer included in the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. As such, these products can…

Ohio Banks Take a Closer Look at Cannabis

The Ohio medical marijuana industry is ready to go live, with most of the pieces in place to complete the regulatory structure passed by the Ohio General Assembly in September of 2016. However, like the medical marijuana industry in general, the Ohio market will…

Attorneys Pat Haggerty and Tom Haren were quoted in Crain’s article on Federal legalization of the hemp industry

“Federal legalization could pave way for Ohio hemp market, but uncertainties remain” Crain’s Cleveland Business  December 16, 2018 Excerpt from the article: There are probably 25,000 acres across the U.S. dedicated to hemp farming today, said Pat Haggerty and Tom Haren, who are both…

Significant Federal Cannabis Reform Is Likely in 2019

Frantz Ward attorneys Tom Haren and Pat Haggerty attended the Marijuana Business Conference this past November. Tom was a presenter at the Marijuana Business Crash Course, and Pat attended the Hemp Forum. The biggest takeaway from the conference is that 2019 could be a…

Frantz Ward Client Obtains Favorable Ruling in Medical Marijuana Litigation

Frantz Ward’s client, Greenleaf Gardens, LLC was granted summary judgment in an Order from the Common Pleas Court in Franklin County, finding that the method used to issue Level I medical marijuana cultivator licenses is unconstitutional on its face. The Department of Commerce initially…

Cannabis Cultivator Prevails in Landmark Civil RICO Trial

Last week, a closely-watched trial involving a Colorado cannabis sued by a neighbor ended with a jury finding in the cultivator’s favor. In Reilly v. 6480 Pickney, LLC, the Reillys complained that their property’s value had decreased due to odor emitted from the cultivator’s property (an unfortunate, if…