State aids local law enforcement with marijuana testing


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general says a new program will help local law enforcement differentiate between legal hemp and illegal marijuana.

The state’s recent hemp legalization means law enforcement must quantify the amount of THC in suspected marijuana in order to prosecute offenders. State law defines hemp to include any cannabis products with 0.3 percent or less of THC. That’s the substance in marijuana that makes people high.

Republican Attorney General Dave Yost said at a news conference Tuesday the new program provides funding to help local agencies pay private laboratories to test THC levels in large amounts of confiscated marijuana until the state can offer that testing.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s lab should have three machines by year’s end that local agencies can use for free to test THC levels.

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