Products derived from marijuana that donâ€™t containÂ THC,Â theÂ chemical tetrahydrocannabinol that produces a â€śhigh,â€ť are being sold in stores throughout the state. Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, can be found in boutique shops and health food stores. But the stateâ€™sÂ Pharmacy Board says sales of those products are illegal.
The boardâ€™s clarification on CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana or hemp, says it is illegal under Ohioâ€™s new medical marijuana law. The boardÂ says CBD oil must go through the same testing procedures and comply with the same rules as actual marijuana.
And the board adds the only legal way to sell it is throughÂ a medical marijuana control program dispensary.
The message is clear that until dispensaries are operational, and none are right now, no one is allowed to possess or sell CBD oil and other marijuana-related products. Still,Â someÂ storesÂ stockingÂ CBD oil are continuing to sell it, despite the pharmacy boardâ€™s ruling.