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Representative Koehler Announces Application Opening for Hemp Program

March 3, 2020
J. Kyle Koehler News

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will begin accepting applications from potential hemp cultivators and processors today, announced State Representative Kyle Koehler (R-Springfield).

“As a legislature, we made the right decision in empowering Director Pelanda and the Department of Agriculture to establish hemp licensing,” Koehler said. “I continue to be impressed by the professionalism and diligence ODA has displayed as they’ve developed this program. As ODA begins accepting cultivators and processors’ applications today, Ohio’s agriculture community begins a new and exciting chapter.”

Senate Bill 57 decriminalized hemp, provided the structure for the creation of a hemp program, and required that the Director of Agriculture submit a regulatory plan for federal approval. SB 57 was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine in July 2019. Sponsored by Senator Steve Huffman, the bill requires farmers to obtain a license to grow hemp. Hemp may legally contain no more than 0.3 percent THC.

ODA’s online application opens at 12 Noon today. In adherence with federal law, applicants must undergo a background check. Background checks may be obtained by visiting one of Ohio’s WebCheck locations. To expedite the application process, the department will review applications in the order they are received.

Koehler is Chairman of the Agriculture & Rural Development Committee, which considered and amended the bill for over the course of two months last spring.


State Representative Kyle Koehler is serving his third term in the Ohio House. He represents the 79th District, which includes portions of Clark County.


For more information, contact Rep Koehler’s office at (614) 466-2038 or