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Medical Marijuana Sales Continue Yet Most Eligible Patients Are Not Getting It

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Medical marijuana sales in Ohio continue to increase, even if the product is still available on a very limited basis. The Department of Commerce reports people have bought more than $2 million of medical marijuana in the first two months of sales. The nine medical marijuana dispensaries now open have sold 288 pounds of the product since the first… Read More

Ohio’s Auditor Wants More Sunshine

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Many local and state government records must be provided, upon request, to the public. When there is a dispute over whether records are public, parties involved participate in a mediation program. Now, a state officeholder wants to expand that program. State Auditor Keith Faber says he wants to expand the mediation program so it includes… Read More

Many Registered For Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Are Not Yet Buying It

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More than 5,400 Ohioans have purchased cannabis since sales began at dispensaries in mid-January. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy says 5,465 patients have purchased medical marijuana. And that’s only about 28% of the number of patients registered for the program. One reason why so few are buying it could be due to the fact that… Read More

Gov. DeWine’s Plan To Focus On Health Of Families Is Getting Good Reviews

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In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike DeWine said he will have a team of cabinet members dedicated to dealing with public health including opioid abuse, mental health services and the health of families. And that idea is getting good reviews right now. DeWine’s OhioSTART program would provide what are called wraparound services… Read More

Sherrod Brown Won’t Run For President In 2020

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) announced Thursday he will not run for president in 2020. Throughout the past couple of months, Brown has campaigned in four early primary and caucus states. But he says he thinks he can be more effective by staying in the U.S. Senate. “It’s not fear of any specific opponent,” Brown says. “It wasn’t process. It… Read More

No More Oxycontin For Injured Workers In Ohio

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As of July 1, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation will no longer pay for a powerful painkiller that’s at the center of the opioid crisis here in the Buckeye State. Ohio BWC spokesman Bill Teets says the drug, Oxycontin and its generic equivilent, oxycodone, is being removed from the list of drugs it approves for injured workers. “They are replacing it… Read More

Ohio To Readjust Food Stamp Distribution Again This Month And Next

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Last month, Ohio issued food stamp benefits for February to low income Ohioans. The idea was to get needy families the assistance up front so they wouldn’t go hungry due to the federal government shutdown. But now, families are finding it hard to stretch those dollars into March. So the state is making another adjustment…. Read More

Party Leaders Debate Ohio’s Future Political Landscape

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The leaders of Ohio’s two major parties see different signs in the outcome of the 2018 election. At a forum sponsored by the Ohio Associated Press, both said they have good reason to hope their parties will be in control in coming years. Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken says the 2018 election proved one thing…. Read More

Executions In Ohio On Hold For Now

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Gov. Mike DeWine says there won’t be any executions in Ohio in the near future. DeWine told reporters at an Ohio Associated Press event that a federal court has ruled Ohio’s existing death penalty drugs are cruel and unusual punishment.  That’s why he delayed the execution of Wayne Keith Henness weeks ago. And now DeWine says he has put… Read More