COLUMBUS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against two Rhode Island men after a traffic stop in Muskingum County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized 7,040 liquid ounces of CBD oil worth approximately $165,000.
On February 25, at 12:04 p.m., troopers stopped a 2017 U-Haul truck with Arizona registration for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.
The driver, Joshua Sellers, 37, of Providence, R.I, and passenger, Richard Defedele, 37, of North Kingston, R.I., were charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, a first-degree felony.
If convicted, each one of them could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.
According to State Highway Patrol CBD oil made from strains of cannabis that contain low levels of THC.
In 2018, the Senate introduced a new Farm Bill to update laws around the previous one. One important part of that bill, should it pass, is that it would legalize hemp on a federal level.