(This is an abridged version of a story that appears at HempIndustryDaily.com.)

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Ohio’s medical marijuana regulators ruled that over-the-counter CBD sales in the state are illegal, despite the products’ widespread availability in grocery and health stores.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy said CBD can legally be purchased only from state-licensed MMJ dispensaries, though none has opened yet, The Plain Dealer reported.

The CBD ruling came after Ohio’s provisional dispensary licensees asked whether they could sell the same cannabidiol products in their stores that are seen on the shelves at health and grocery stores, board spokeswoman Ali Simon told the Cleveland newspaper.

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