‘Arbitrary’ THC limit causes consternation among Ohio’s hemp farmers – The Columbus Dispatch

Mary Flynn and her son, Patrick, cultivate hemp at the family's Raccoon Creek Farms near Granville. {Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]

April Curatti invested thousands of dollars into a plot of hemp at her Marysville farm only to be told she couldn’t sell the crop after a test showed its THC levels were too high.

“We know all the risks involved,” Curatti said, but she still described the experience as devastating.

Her story isn’t uncommon as Ohio’s first hemp crops approach maturity. Under state and federal law, hemp must contain less than .3% of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. Otherwise, the crops must be destroyed. 

As of Oct. 13, the Ohio Department of Agriculture had tested 284 hemp samples, 20 of which came back “hot,” meaning they surpassed .3% THC level. Six samples were retested at the request of the farmer, and three of them tested under .3% the second time around.