Hemp and marijuana are two diverse substances. At this point, according to Truthdig, hemp has been legalized by 47 states, even though marijuana has been legalized by only 11.

Even though each hemp and marijuana derive from cannabis satvia, the distinction is the quantity of cannabinoid, THC. Hemp is defined below federal and most states’ laws as cannabis satvia and as obtaining below .three THC. But that does not imply that marijuana is legal in such states, as it may perhaps include THC above the limit.

It seems that officials are obtaining difficulty telling the distinction, although. According to a report by News five Cleveland, Ohio BCI issued a letter to prosecutors about the state’s Senate Bill 57, which decriminalizes hemp below the state’s laws.

The letter stated that hemp is defined as,

cannabis containing not much more than .three% THC as calculated on the dried weight. With this definitional alter, marijuana [sic] can’t be identified solely by historical approaches (microscopic examination and Duquenois-Levine colour testing). Quantitative evaluation is required to make certain the THC content material exceeds the statutory .three% level.”

Additional, the state’s Lawyer Basic, Dave Yost, also announced that a grant system will be produced to assistance differentiate involving marijuana and hemp.

Additional, Columbus City Lawyer Zach Klien, also announced in a written statement that he will not prosecute marijuana possession instances.

The statement reads,

“The prosecution of marijuana possession charges would need drug testing that distinguishes hemp from marijuana. Devoid of this drug-testing capability, the city attorney’s workplace is not capable to prove misdemeanor marijuana possession beyond a affordable doubt” simply because “our existing drug-testing technologies is not capable to differentiate.”

Texas seems to be obtaining comparable qualms about the distinction involving marijuana and hemp.

In a advisory issued in July, the Texas District and County Attorneys Association stated,

“The distinction involving marijuana and hemp needs proof of the THC concentration of a certain item or contraband, and for now, that proof can come only from a laboratory capable of figuring out that form of potency — a category which apparently excludes most, if not all, of the crime labs in Texas ideal now.”