Ex-con gets life in A.V. killing

first_imgThe trial for co-defendant Ernest Scott, 27, also an ex-convict from Lancaster, is expected to begin in March. Along with Trice’s murder, Scott will be tried in the beating death three months earlier of Littlerock antiques shop owner Virginia Gnerlich. The slayings were Littlerock’s first in three years. Johnson was arrested in April 2004 on an unrelated drug offense and later charged with Trice’s murder, records show. Scott was arrested two days later, and the following month was charged with Gnerlich’s slaying. Gnerlich, the owner of Victoria’s Antique Garden, was beaten to death during a struggle inside her store in July 2003. Gnerlich, who had multiple sclerosis, lived in the Pearblossom Highway shop. The cash register was stolen, along with a small amount of money. Trice’s body was found in October 2003 in his home on East Avenue R-10 by his daughter, who came to pick him up for an appointment. Trice’s killers took items from his home and stole his vehicle. Scott had been released from prison two months before Gnerlich’s slaying, and Johnson had been out of prison 21/2 years before Trice’s death. Scott had served time in the California Youth Authority as a juvenile, and in 2000 was sent to state prison for an attempted robbery in Long Beach, state records show. He was released on parole in May 2003. Johnson was convicted in 1995 of attempted robbery in an Antelope Valley case. In 1999, he was convicted of forging a driver’s license or identification and was released on parole in March 2001. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An ex-convict was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the October 2003 slaying of a 76-year-old Littlerock man, who was bound and beaten in his home. Ronnie Johnson, 31, was charged along with another man – whose trial is expected to begin later this year – of robbing Charles Trice and leaving him to die of asphyxiation and a neck injury. “There were several family members there. They all made statements and talked about what a good generous person he was and what a tragic loss it was for the community,” Deputy District Attorney Robert Sherwood said. “It was very emotional.” Johnson was convicted in November by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury of first-degree murder with special circumstances, robbery and burglary. The jury acquitted him of auto theft. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty. Testimony during the trial indicated that the defendant knew the victim and that the defendant lived in the area. The defendants may have gone through the victim’s house looking for drugs, but there was no evidence that Trice was selling drugs or had any in his residence, prosecutors said. DNA evidence found on duct tape that was used to bind the victim came back with a match to Johnson, prosecutors said. The defense had argued that the DNA evidence was not reliable and that prosecution witnesses were not credible, prosecutors said. last_img read more

Leicester, Stoke share spoils in entertaining clash

first_imgAgainst Stoke they looked dangerous and pacy on the break with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez a threat and winger Demarai Gray earning another start just days after signing a new deal at the club.Puel’s side took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Vicente Iborra lashed home a half volley after the ball fell at his feet following a corner and had clear chances to pull further ahead.First, Jack Butland saved superbly from Shinji Okazaki, in for the injured Ben Chilwell, and Iborra headed over from another corner.But Leicester were made to rue their profligacy six minutes after Leicester’s opener when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting played an incisive defensive-splitting ball first time into the feet of Xherdan Shaqiri, whose left-footed shot from the right side of the penalty area found the net via the inside of the post.Riyad Mahrez put Leicester back in front with half an hour to go moments after Kasper Schmeichel pulled off an impressive save from Ryan Shawcross.But Leicester were pegged back again when Crouch, brought on just minutes earlier, headed in a Shaqiri corner in the 73rd minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Stoke City striker Peter Crouch (L) climbs to head home their second goal during the English Premier League match against Leicester City at the Bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on November 4, 2017STOKE-ON-TRENT, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Former England striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to rescue a point for Stoke City in a 2-2 draw on Saturday, denying new Leicester manager Claude Puel a second consecutive win of his young managerial reign.The 2015-16 Premier League champions parted company with Craig Shakespeare last month after slipping into the relegation zone but have recovered strongly under caretaker boss Michael Appleton and ex-Southampton boss Puel.last_img read more

10 INCREDIBLE Cristiano Ronaldo records that defy belief!

first_img 5. The ex-Man United star was the first player in a major European league to score more than 50 goals in four consecutive seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 8. Ronaldo has scored 12 headed goals in the Champions League – the most by any player – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 2. He is the only player in history to have scored 60 or more goals in four calendar years – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 6. Ronaldo was the first player ever to score 40 goals in a professional league in two consecutive seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 7. The 30-year-old is the first Real Madrid player to have scored on every day of the week – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10 10 10 10 10 9. The Portugal superstar is the first Real Madrid player ever to score more than 30 league goals in five consecutive La Liga seasons – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… It was only a matter of time before Cristiano Ronaldo broke another record at Real Madrid.The superstar headed home his 300th goal for the club in their 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, becoming the quickest player to do so, managing it in 288 games.Ronaldo, 30, is in a constant battle with Barcelona star Lionel Messi to earn the crown of the world’s best footballer, which seems unlikely to end anytime soon.So for the next few days at least, here are ten incredible Ronaldo records for your viewing pleasure…Click right to scroll through our list…Statistics correct on Thursday, April 9, 2015. 10 10 4. Ronaldo became the first player ever to score in six consecutive Clásicos – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 1. Ronaldo was the first player to score in every minute of a game (not in a single 90 minutes, mind – he’s amazing but not that amazing!) 10 3. Ronaldo has the best goal ratio in La Liga ever with 1.11 goals per game – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… 10. Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to score 300 league goals in La Liga – Click right for more incredible Ronaldo records… last_img read more

Exclusive – John Stones transfer request was inevitable, claims Charlie Adam

first_imgStoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes it was only a matter of time before John Stones handed in a transfer request at Everton.The England defender asked to leave Goodison Park on Tuesday as he tries to force a move through to Premier League champions Chelsea. Stones has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer and Everton have reportedly rejected three bids for the 21-year-old.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam sympathised with the situation Stones finds himself in.“It was inevitable, if he wants it to happen, it’s the next stage,” said Adam.“He’s played 50 games for Everton but you don’t get Chelsea coming to your door very often. He wants to play at the top level and in the Champions League.“Everton’s a good club, with great fans and Bill [Kenwright] has done a great job, but it’s an impossible job not to turn Chelsea down.“When Chelsea come for him again, it’ll probably happen within the next week.”last_img read more

‘We are planning for the future’ – Klopp admits Liverpool set for summer rebuild

first_img1 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is already making plans for next season.The Reds, beaten League Cup finalists on Sunday, have endured a disappointing Premier League campaign.Klopp has already signed Schalke defender Joel Matip and Red Star Belgrade playmaker Marko Grujic for next term, and more signings look set to follow in the summer.“We will plan for next season, that is clear,” said the German. “We have to wait for the right moment and we have to think about a lot of things.“I cannot say we are close to this decision or that decision but we work the whole day and it is not only preparing for games.“We have to plan the future and that is what we are doing.”With Klopp plotting a summer splurge at Anfield, a host of players are being linked with the exit.Simon Mignolet – at fault for Fernandinho’s goal during Sunday’s League Cup final defeat – is one of those whose future appears far from certain.But the Belgian has the backing of his boss, who said: “I didn’t read the newspapers but everyone told me there is a little bit of rumour about (him).“I would lie if I said the goal we got (conceded) in the final was ‘unholdable’ but Simon knows it too.“I am not sure it is a mistake but it was not perfect. That is football players’ lives, especially goalkeepers’ lives. But on the other hand I cannot say absolutely anything negative about Simon.“Since I’ve been here he has had to handle a lot of pressure and I think there was any day when someone outside Melwood has been 100 percent satisfied with what he did but he has had a lot of good games for us.“He is old enough and experienced enough and together we have to handle this situation and together we have to go through.“Even when it is a final I cannot make final judgements and say ‘So now I see I can trust him, and him I can trust always’ – that is not how life and football is.“At the end when we have to make decisions there is a lot of information and maybe it is 500, 600, things to think about and then only one of them is how we played in the final.“I always learn about my players but not only in finals.”Klopp’s immediate plans involve selecting a team for the visit of City having sustained more injuries at Wembley.Midfielder Lucas Leiva, who played in central defence in the final, has been ruled out with a muscle injury sustained in actually taking his saved spot-kick.Centre-back Mamadou Sakho will continue to be assessed after he was forced off in the first half with a head injury, while Klopp will be cautious with injury-prone striker Daniel Sturridge after he struggled with cramp having played 120 minutes.“It doesn’t look too good with Lucas. He had problems with the muscle when he shot the penalty and he has got some more problems so I think he is not available,” said Klopp.“With Mama I don’t know exactly; we had to make a decision in the moment at the sideline and I think it was the right decision.“I’ve not heard anything until now about any real issue but I have to wait for the final judgement of the doctor.“We don’t want to go risking (anything) tomorrow.”Liverpool comfortably beat City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium back in November and, although a win against them at Anfield would have a significant bearing on the title race, Klopp is not interested in the wider issues.“If someone wants to be champion they should be champion without our help, our points,” he added.“I don’t think about who can win the league in this moment – my only thought is how we can win tomorrow.” Jurgen Klopp last_img read more

YET ANOTHER DOG GOES MISSING: CAN YOU HELP FIND IT?

first_imgMISSING DOG: Yet another dog has vanished in a worrying trend now developing across Donegal.Almost every week we carry stories appealing to the public for information on dogs that have gone missing. While some owners are thankfully reunited with their pets – many aren’t and are devastated at the fact they’ve lost their beloved pet.Many feel these dogs are being snatched by people looking to make a quick dollar by selling them on.Another Donegal Daily reader, Olive Gallagher contacted us earlier asking to share the following post on our website.“Just letting you know that my dog went missing from Sessiaghoneill on Saturday morning. “She is a black and white collie called Lady.“She is 16yrs old, totally blind and deaf, and has never been outside our house and garden before.“Lady seems to have vanished and we’re just heartbroken that we can’t find her.“Any help would be greatly appreciated.YET ANOTHER DOG GOES MISSING: CAN YOU HELP FIND IT? was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsnewslast_img read more

Around the horn: 3 early-season thoughts on the Oakland A’s

first_imgThe A’s might not be in first place in the American League West heading into their two-game home series with the Houston Astros, but make no mistake, 10 percent of the way through the 2019 season, this team likes where it is.You can’t win a division in April, but you can lose it. So while things have hardly been perfect, this team being one game over .500 in the midst of their difficult season-opening stretch (which included a trip to Japan, an injury to Matt Olson, and questionable starting …last_img

Double Tri Nations win for SA

first_imgSouth Africa is the Tri Nations winechampion as well as the rugby cupholder.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) MEDIA CONTACTS • Rianie StrydomGM, Haskell Vineyards+27 82 290 6399• Andre MorgenthalCommunications Manager, Wines of SA+27 21 883 3860Janine ErasmusNot only is South Africa tops in the Tri Nations rugby ranking, it’s also the reigning champion in the lesser known, yet no less prestigious, Tri Nations wine challenge.The annual Tri Nations rugby tournament, contested by South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, draws millions of sports-mad fans each year. The same three nations vie for the Tri Nations wine challenge, which this year took place in Sydney, Australia, in September.In 2009 the Springboks outshone all opposition on the field, while a Shiraz from Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch snatched the sought-after Four Seasons Hotel Trophy for the best wine of the show – right from under the noses of 321 of its southern hemisphere rivals.Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 also took the award for the best Shiraz on show, as well as the best red, which is not surprising given South Africa’s long-standing reputation as a producer of world-quality wines.Haskell GM and winemaker Rianie Strydom was ecstatic. Invitation to the competition is by invitation only, and she was honoured just to have been able to participate.“I am proud that our wine performed so well internationally. This is not only an award for Haskell Vineyards, but for South Africa,” she enthused. “It shows that our wines have come of age.”Strydom, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, with viticulture and oenology as majors, added that she was thrilled to have beaten Australia’s top winemakers on their own turf. She joined Haskell in 2004 after a 10-year tenure as winemaker with the award-winning Morgenhof estate.Other South African wine estates that shone on the night include Kleine Zalze, which took the trophy for best Cabernet, and Doolhof, which was the runner-up. All in all, local wines brought home an impressive 19 gold medals – South Africa’s best result at the competition so far.Among the medallists were Pongracz, Cape Chamonix, Nederburg, Constantia Glen, Neethlingshof, Rustenberg, Fleur du Cap, Lomond, Kaapzicht, Beaumont, Kanu, Springfontein, Laibach, Neil Ellis, Boekenhoutskloof, and Anthonij Rupert.Setting the standardThis is not the first time that a South African wine has walked off with the big prize. Warwick Wine Estate claimed the same honour when it won the Tri Nations challenge in 1999 for its 1998 Warwick Chardonnay.But Haskell Pillars Syrah 2007 has set a new standard by becoming the first local wine to be named best red as well.The Haskell range of wines will hit the stores in November 2009, giving the young Haskell Vineyards the best start they could have wished for.Prestigious competitionThe Tri Nations wine competition was established in 1995. This year’s edition, the 14th, saw only the best wines from the three countries – each wine therefore a potential winner – facing off.Wines compete in 13 classes, with between 20 and 30 wines in each class, and are blind-tasted by the judging panel, which comprises one judge from each participating country.Once all the entrants have been tasted the 13 category winners are judged again for best red, best white, and best wine on show. The top 13 wines each receive a trophy, and the three best wines overall receive a perpetual trophy.South Africa’s 2009 representative was the experienced wine consultant and international judge Michael Fridjhon, who has been a Tri Nations judge from the start and this year chaired the panel. Australia was represented by professional wine writer Huon Hooke, while wine master Bob Campbell represented New Zealand.Wine countryHaskell Vineyards is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains in the premium wine-growing region of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province.The 23ha farm, which sits next to the famous Rust en Vrede winery, was known as Dombeya (Latin, meaning “wild pear” in reference to a tree that grows freely in the region) until American entrepreneur Preston Haskell bought it in 2002. Haskell, who lives in Moscow, is one of Russia’s top property developers.The American soon brought Australian Grant Dodd on board as his business partner and the two wasted no time in making a number of improvements, among them a brand new state-of-the-art cellar that can process 150 tons of grapes.According to Haskell, his goal is to produce 10 000 cases in total of Haskell and Dombeya wines over the next few years.With 15ha of vines, the estate still produces Dombeya wines and has garnered a number of awards for them, but will soon launch its own brand. Haskell Pillars Shiraz 2007 is the first product of that label and already seems destined for greatness.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Freedom Park for free on 27 April

first_img25 April 2013As part of the country’s Freedom Day celebrations, South Africans, including tourists, will be offered free entrance to the newly completed //hapo museum at Freedom Park outside Pretoria.The museum, officially unveiled by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe earlier this week, tells the story of the southern African region dating back 3.6- billion years in an interactive manner.“//hapo is more than a traditional museum. //hapo is a living interpretive centre – one with which each and every South African will identify personally,” said Freedom Park chief executive Fana Jiyane.“As we celebrate our peace, unity, freedom and human dignity, we invite all South Africans to visit a place where they will reach a new understanding of a complex past, and explore the diversity that is South Africa’s greatest wealth, and so create shared dreams of the future.”Freedom Park will be open to the general public for free until 1 May for guided and self-guided tours of //hapo and other elements of the park.The country’s national Freedom Day commemorations will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April.Jiyane said Saturday’s celebrations will start with prayers by different faith-based organisations at the Freedom Park in the morning, before proceeding in a cultural parade to the Union Buildings.He said the park is also hosting educational tours to celebrate Freedom Day with learners from five different schools in Gauteng on 25 and 27 April, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

The 2018 Farm Bill, industrial hemp and what it means for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ellen Essman, Sr. Research Associate Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramHemp is one of the most talked-about provisions of the new Farm Bill. There’s plenty of excitement about the removal of federal restrictions on hemp production and the economic opportunities for growing hemp. But what exactly does the Farm Bill say about hemp? Can Ohioans now grow, use and sell hemp and hemp products? We dove into the 807 pages of the Farm Bill Conference Report to find answers to your questions about the new legal status of hemp and hemp cultivation. What is hemp?Before we go much further in this discussion, it’s important to understand that both hemp and marijuana are species of cannabis, but they have different properties. Of particular note is the fact that marijuana contains much more tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than hemp. THC is the part of a cannabis plant that can cause a psychoactive effect in certain concentrations, but hemp plants generally do not contain enough THC to produce a “high.” Hemp has many uses — it can be used for construction materials, fabrics and clothing, and animal bedding. It has even been discussed as a potential cover crop. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a very popular extract of the hemp plant that is alleged to help those with anxiety, pain, inflammation, and other ailments, but not much research has been done to verify its effectiveness for medical use. Note that CBD is also an extract of the higher THC marijuana plant. Hemp is removed from the federal list of controlled substances — but only if it meets certain requirementsFirst and foremost, the Farm Bill removes hemp from the federal list of controlled substances. Section 12619 of the bill removes hemp from the definition of marijuana, which is still an illegal drug under federal law. In the same section, the bill federally decriminalizes tetrahydrocannabinols (THC) in hemp. Not all hemp, however, is subject to this exemption. Only hemp and THC as defined in the Farm Bill and as grown under the conditions set forth in the Farm Bill are accorded the exemption.So, how does the Farm Bill change the definition of hemp? The main hemp provision of the bill, Section 10113, separates hemp from the definition of marijuana and redefines hemp as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” Coming soon: state and federal hemp production plansThe new law doesn’t allow a producer to start growing hemp today. Instead, Section 10113 of the Farm Bill describes the two situations under which a producer will be able to engage in legal hemp production in the future. In the first situation, the States or Indian tribes may take charge of the regulation of hemp production within their boundaries. To do this, a State must first submit a plan to the USDA through their state department of agriculture. A State plan must include:A way to keep track of land where hemp is produced within the state;Methods the state will use to test how much THC is in hemp plants;A way to dispose of plants or products that have a higher THC concentration than is legally allowed;A procedure for inspecting hemp producers;A plan for enforcing the law;A system for dissemination of a hemp producer’s information to the USDA; andAssurances that the state has the resources to carry out the plan.A producer who wants to cultivate hemp in a State that has an approved hemp production plan must first comply with the State’s plan before beginning to grow hemp. Predictions are that it may take a State about a year to create its hemp production plan and obtain the required USDA approval for the plan.The second situation for growing hemp comes into play if a State or Tribe does not submit a hemp plan to USDA. In this case, as long as the State has not limited the regulation or production of hemp under state law, the Secretary of Agriculture for the USDA may establish a plan “to monitor and regulate” hemp production within that State. A plan established by the USDA must meet the same criteria as a plan written by a State, and the law also requires the USDA to establish a licensing procedure for producers. Thus, a producer in a State that doesn’t have a hemp plan could legally grow hemp by obtaining a USDA hemp license through the hemp regulations that the USDA will develop, unless the State has prohibited hemp cultivation. Section 10113 specifically states that it does not preempt or limit any state law that “regulates the production of hemp” as well as any state law that is “more stringent” than federal law in regulating hemp production. Thus, a State can outlaw hemp production within its boundaries or include additional restrictions and requirements in its State plan as long as the plan complies with the federal law requirements. Handling producer violationsWhat if a hemp producer doesn’t comply with the new law or with the State or USDA hemp production plan? Section 10113 also describes how violations of the law will be handled. If a hemp producer negligently violates a State or USDA hemp production plan, the producer could be subject to enforcement. One negligent violation of the plan would not trigger criminal punishment, but the violator would have to comply with a corrective action plan prescribed by the State or USDA. However, if a producer negligently violates a plan three times in five years, the producer will be banned from producing hemp for five years. Examples of negligent violations in the law include: not providing a legal description of the land where hemp is produced, growing hemp without obtaining a license “or other required authorization” from the State, Tribe, or USDA, or producing hemp with a THC concentration higher than 0.3%. If a producer violates a State or USDA plan “with a culpable mental state greater than negligence” (that is, purposely, knowingly, or recklessly), then the State or USDA must report the violation to law enforcement authorities. Furthermore, persons convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance under state or federal law are generally barred from hemp production for ten years following the date of their conviction, with the exception of persons convicted of a controlled substances felony but lawfully participating in a pilot program under the 2014 Farm Bill. Finally, if a person falsifies an application to participate in hemp production, that person will be totally barred from producing hemp. Legal hemp not to be prohibited in interstate commerceThe new law also allows for the interstate commerce of legally produced hemp and hemp products. Section 10114 says that a State or Indian Tribe cannot prevent the transportation or shipment of legally produced hemp through its state or territory. While a State may ban the sale of hemp or hemp products solely within its borders, it must allow hemp products to move freely through the State. For example, imagine that Pennsylvania allows hemp production but Ohio does not. Producers of legal hemp in Pennsylvania could not sell the hemp within Ohio, but Ohio could not prohibit a truck, train, or other type of transport from carrying the hemp through Ohio to a destination outside of Ohio. Hemp becomes eligible for crop insuranceImportantly, the Farm Bill also addresses hemp production risk by amending the Federal Crop Insurance Act to include hemp. Section 1119 adds hemp to the definition of “agricultural commodities” that can be insured and section 11106 adds legally produced hemp to the list of crops that can be insured even after harvested. Other provisions in Title XI waive marketability requirements for researching hemp. Making way for hemp research fundingSeveral provisions in the Farm Bill ensure that it is legally permissible to fund hemp research. Section 7129 amends the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act to allow the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants for researching hemp and the development of hemp products. In section 7501, the bill amends the Critical Agricultural Materials Act to allow research on hemp, meaning that Congress believes hemp has the “potential of producing critical materials for strategic and industrial purposes.”Finally, section 7605 amends the hemp pilot program language from the 2014 Farm Bill. The Secretary of Agriculture is tasked with conducting a study on the pilot program and submitting a report on the study to Congress within a year. Section 7605 also repeals the hemp pilot programs, but only one year after final regulation on hemp production under section 10113 is published. How does current Ohio law treat hemp production?Ohio law defines marijuana as “all parts of a plant of the genus cannabis…” in Ohio Revised Code section 3719.01. Hemp is in the genus cannabis, as discussed earlier in this post. Therefore, under current Ohio law, hemp is the same as marijuana. Marijuana is a controlled substance under Ohio law, and the law states that “[n]o person shall knowingly obtain, possess, or use a controlled substance.”What about hemp-derived CBD oil? Ohio enacted a medical marijuana law in 2016, although dispensaries in the state have yet to open (so far, only one dispensary in the state has been licensed). In order to obtain medical marijuana in Ohio, it would have to be prescribed by a physician with which the patient has a “bona fide physician-client relationship,” and the patient would have to have a qualifying medical condition. Medical marijuana can be prescribed and used in oil form under the law. Since Ohio law lumps hemp in with marijuana, this means that in order to obtain CBD oil derived from hemp, a person would also have to follow the steps to obtain medical marijuana. Hemp-derived CBD oil also does not fall under any exceptions in Ohio’s definition of marijuana. Ohio’s State Board of Pharmacy specifically stated in a guidance document that CBD oil can only be legally dispensed from a licensed dispensary. In releasing this guidance, the Board of Pharmacy is purporting to act under the rulemaking authority granted under ORC 3796.04.Note, however, that there are exceptions to Ohio’s definition of marijuana. According to Ohio law, marijuana “does not include the mature stalks of the plant, fiber produced from the stalks, oils or cake made from the seeds of the plant, or any other compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the mature stalks, except the resin extracted from the mature stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant that is incapable of germination.”Since hemp falls under the definition of marijuana, it is possible that some of these exceptions could also apply to certain hemp products made from stalks or seeds. Thus, it is plausible that some hemp products could be sold and used in Ohio. The law also states, however, that no person (other than those licensed under the medical marijuana law) “shall knowingly cultivate” marijuana. Again, since hemp is part of the state’s definition of marijuana, under the law, that means that nobody can “knowingly cultivate” hemp, either.In sum, it appears as though some excepted hemp products could be sold in Ohio, but not CBD oil, as it does not fall under the exception. Even if some hemp products can be sold in Ohio, hemp itself cannot currently be cultivated in Ohio. The new hemp language in the Farm Bill allows states to be more restrictive with hemp than the federal government, so Ohio can continue its ban on certain hemp products even with the new federal law. The State cannot, however, stop the transportation of hemp across the State, as explained above. Conversely, Ohio’s General Assembly could remove hemp from Ohio’s definition of marijuana and redefine hemp according to the Farm Bill’s new definition, which could allow for legal hemp cultivation under the Farm Bill. For the time being, growing hemp in Ohio is not legal, but that is subject to change.last_img read more