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Gov. Mike DeWine wants to crack down on delta-8 THC

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking lawmakers to regulate an increasingly accessible form of cannabis that can produce a mild high.

Gov. Mike DeWine on Wednesday urged Ohio lawmakers to limit the sale of delta-8 THC products that remain unregulated and produce a mild high for people who use them.

Holding gummies and cereal bars that resemble popular food for kids, DeWine said young people can too easily buy delta-8 in gas stations or retail stores. His comments came over a month after Ohio’s new recreational marijuana law took effect, which allows people 21 and older to buy and consume cannabis.

But unlike that program, delta-8 doesn’t come with strict rules attached to sales − something the governor wants to change.

“I would be very happy to have it banned,” DeWine said during a news conference. “This is up to the Legislature. If it is moved under the marijuana protocol, you wouldn’t see packaging like that. They couldn’t do that. It would be a plain wrapper. You couldn’t sell it to a child. So that would certainly be great progress, and I would be satisfied with that.”

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