10TV was the first channel to announce on Wednesday that the city of Columbus will no longer indict marijuana crimes.
Zach Klein, the city attorney, claims that the reason for this decision lies in complication after the legalization of hemp on the state level.
On July 30, Bill 57 was signed providing the farmers a new source of income.
By this law, according to law advisors and officials, the definition of marijuana itself has been changed. This is based on the quantity of THC chemical that makes you high and addicted.
The level of THC chemical of 0.3 percent defines the hemp, which is legal in Ohio state. One will need to know how to differentiate between hemp and marijuana. However, it can be possibly done by professional crime analysts.
The main problem lies in the fact that the labs can detect the THC but not the quantity of the substance in the samples.
It will be pretty hard to follow marijuana cases until the police labs get additional resources, and the test prerequisites are fixed this way.
Dave Yost, addressed this matter last week by sending the letter to all prosecutors saying that BCI is about to validate some methods in order to meet new criteria and requirements.
Meanwhile, BCI recommends the prosecutors not to indict any marijuana-related items.
One thing is for sure — this will legalize marijuana for some time with the result of dropping many pending pot cases.
The cultivation, use, sale, and possession of cannabis in the United States is illegal at the federal level. The government, however, announced that states could legislate on the decriminalization of marijuana for medical use and if a regulatory system was set in place.