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Ohio legal marijuana backers sue over disputed petition deadline

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Supporters of recreational marijuana legalization in Ohio have sued state legislative leaders in an anticipated dispute over whether a referendum can appear on the state ballot in November. Ohio’s secretary of state submitted petitions on behalf of Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol to the Legislature Jan. 28, giving lawmakers four… Read More

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Efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio get new life but faces opposition from top leaders

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Some Ohio lawmakers are throwing their support behind an initiated statute that would legalize marijuana for Ohioans ages 21 and older — giving new life to the proposal on 4/20, a day when cannabis enthusiasts celebrate the plant. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) said it’s time for Ohio lawmakers to pass… Read More

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.

The next move in the effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Gov. Mike DeWine and Republican legislative leaders have said they do not want to pass any of the bills that would legalize marijuana in Ohio. That includes the initiated statute that can be taken to the voters if lawmakers don’t pass it within the next three and a half… Read More

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Republicans and groups friendly to them are at odds over whether to legalize marijuana in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — A battle over whether to legalize marijuana is taking shape at the Ohio Statehouse. The lines are being drawn and groups that usually support each other on issues are finding they are at odds on this one. Ohio lawmakers are now considering three proposals to legalize marijuana. Two are… Read More

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A group submits petitions asking lawmakers to legalize pot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group has submitted petitions asking Ohio lawmakers to pass a bill allowing adults to legally use and grow marijuana plants. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol on Tuesday submitted more than 200,000 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State. That office and county boards of election will verify if… Read More

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Legislators are on break with legal cannabis issue looming in 2022

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The Ohio House is on break until after the new year, but there are several issues that lawmakers are expected to tackle when they return. That includes potentially addressing two bills to legalize marijuana for personal use, with an issue that could go before voters next year. A group… Read More

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Republicans Have Offered Their Own Proposal To Legalize Cannabis In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — House Republicans are introducing a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use for adults ages 21 and up. Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) says this is the first time someone from his party has proposed a bill to legalize marijuana for personal use. He says a challenge to getting the… Read More

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Democrats Sponsor Bill To Legalize, Regulate And Tax Marijuana In Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — Two Democrats are introducing a bill in the Ohio House that would legalize marijuana for personal use beyond the medical use already allowed in law now. It’s the first bill that would set up a structure for the state to regulate and tax it. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) said his… Read More

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Ohio AG Rejects Petition Language for Recreational Pot Issue

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio attorney general has rejected petition language for a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana. Attorney General Dave Yost said Tuesday the petition submitted last week fails to include information that’s listed in the proposed amendment. The measure titled “An Amendment to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” would allow people… Read More

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New Effort Begun to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio is underway. The proposal is called the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment. Backers of the measure submitted the initial petition and 1,000 signatures to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Monday for review. Cleveland attorney Tom Haren represents a group wanting to legalize marijuana and… Read More

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WATCH: From Marijuana Legalization to Minimum Wage, How State Laws are Changing in 2020

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Now that 2020 has arrived, scores of new laws are going into effect across the country. From legalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform to raising minimum wage and the cost of electric cars, state legislatures are having a major impact on the nation’s laws. The Hill’s Reid Wilson joins Lisa Desjardins to discuss specific… Read More

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Man Calls Police Demanding They Return His Stolen Pot

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SHARONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man confused about Ohio drug laws has called a police department demanding that officers return the small amount of marijuana they “stole” from him. WXIX-TV reports the man told a Sharonville police dispatcher in an expletive-laced call Tuesday that it’s legal to possess 100 grams of marijuana, and the amount officers… Read More

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New Hemp Law Doesn’t Make Marijuana Possession Legal But It Is Harder To Prosecute Now

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There continue to be concerns by cities and police agencies that they can no longer easily prosecute people who are carrying small amounts of marijuana because of the state’s new law allowing hemp and CBD oil. Some say the problem is there’s no good way to test marijuana to see whether it complies with the… Read More

🔈#457SEO: Can Marijuana Grow the #457SEO’s Economy?

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Ohio’s medical marijuana program is still in its infancy as dispensaries continue to open their doors. Some around the region are working to make sure the #457SEO gets in on the money that can be made at grow operations, testing facilities, processing facilities and dispensaries. In this episode: Hemp Industry Daily’s Kristen Nichols discusses the… Read More

The OUtlet: Season 6, Episode 5

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This is the October 17, 2017 broadcast of The OUtlet from WOUB News. On this week’s show, we’ll tell you how an event on Ohio University’s campus impacted survivors of sexual assault. One of our reporters sits down with former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. Athens County will have the opportunity to vote on decriminalizing marijuana… Read More

Pot Vs. Pills: Can Marijuana Help Cure The Opiate Crisis?

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As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the Ohio Valley with addiction and death, the search for safer methods of pain management has become increasingly urgent. Advocates for medical marijuana have recently made inroads in the area with growing scientific evidence that the substance currently considered of no medical value by the federal government might… Read More

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Broader Marijuana Legalization Measure Detailed In Ohio

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Supporters of marijuana legalization in Ohio have finalized their proposal and begun collecting signatures for a 2016 ballot campaign. A spokesman for the Cleveland-based group Ohioans to End Prohibition says petition circulators were at baseball’s Opening Day in Cincinnati on Monday. Jason Wagner says his group’s proposed amendment would provide more cannabis access than a… Read More