State Rep. Randi Clites (D-Ravenna) today attended the signing of Senate Bill (SB) 57 by Gov. Mike DeWine at the Ohio State Fair. SB 57 decriminalizes hemp and CBD products, allowing for the growth and processing of industrial hemp and hemp products in Ohio.

“I am excited about the new opportunities this legislation opens up for Ohio’s farmers, manufacturers and workers,” said Rep. Clites. “Creating a hemp growing and manufacturing program holds great promise for Ohio’s economy in the years to come.”

In addition to decriminalizing hemp and hemp products, SB 57 outlines the Hemp Cultivation and Processing Program to be implemented by the Director of Agriculture and creates a hemp cultivation license. The legislation also specifies that land used for hemp farming is to be valued according to its current agricultural use value (CAUV), a provision for which Rep. Clites personally advocated in her work on the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.

“I am proud to see hemp farming included in the CAUV program to ensure that Ohio’s farmers and their families are taxed fairly,” added Clites.

After being signed by the governor, the legislation will go into effect immediately due to an emergency clause.

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