Central State looking to become first Ohio university to hemp research

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In this photo taken Thursday, June 20, 2019, packaged smokable hemp flower is seen on the counter at the Hemp Farmacy in Raleigh, N.C. A proposed ban on smokable hemp is making its way through North Carolina’s General Assembly after the product’s popularity surged in the six months since the passage of the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Central State University hopes to become the first state public institution to research hemp.

The university stated in a press release on Wednesday it was waiting on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine to sign Senate Bill 57 and receive “approval of program rules by the Ohio Department of Agriculture”.

Central State would sponsor research to assist Ohio farmers in diversifying crops with hemp, which can be used in over 25,000 products.

The university’s hemp research team will be led by Dr. Craig Schuttenhofer, a research assistant and professor of natural products who previously worked at the University of Kentucky.

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