Ohio's cannabis advocates submit 29K more signatures for legalization initiative after recent setback

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Advocates behind an effort to legalize adult-use marijuana submitted additional voter signatures on Thursday to put their proposal before Ohio lawmakers.  The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in another 29,918 signatures after falling short earlier this month, reported The Columbus Dispatch. They say that now they are confident they can get lawmakers to take up the issue.

The group submitted over 200,000 signatures as part of the initiated statute process, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose's office determined only 119,825 were valid. (Click for Benzinga article)


Ohio medical marijuana: Autism, depression among newly proposed conditions in 2022

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Ohio will decide whether people with anxiety, depression and lupus can buy marijuana through the state's medical program. 

The State Medical Board received nine petitions for 10 potential new qualifying conditions in 2021 and is scheduled to meet next month to begin reviewing the requests. A final decision isn't expected until this summer.   

The board accepts submissions for new conditions every year. They must include letters of support from physicians and evidence that marijuana can be used to treat or alleviate the ailment.

Petitioners called on the board to add a variety of other conditions, including degenerative disc disease, bipolar disorder and insomnia. Officials may revisit whether to include autism spectrum disorder after rejecting it last year.


Marijuana legalization heating up despite petition not receiving enough signatures

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A push in the legalization of marijuana faces another hurdle after not submitting enough valid signatures to bring to the Ohio General Assembly

But the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol (CRMLA) says more signatures are coming soon.

The petition fell 13,062 signatures short of the 133,877 needed to head the legislature. Now the CRMLA has until January 13 to submit additional signatures.
“We know that it’s a priority of Democrats in Congress and a priority of the Biden Administration to deschedule marijuana,” Tom Haren, Spokesperson for CRMLA said.

“If that happens, that means that it’s descheduled under federal law and it’s automatically descheduled under Ohio law.”


38 companies want Coshocton medical marijuana dispensary


If dispensary is awarded, it will be at the former Family Video on Second Street.

Almost 40 companies have filed for a medical marijuana dispensary license for a facility to be located in Coshocton. The Ohio Board of Pharmacy recently released the company names and addresses for 1,462 applicants for 73 dispensary licenses to be awarded in the coming months.

About 230 entities submitted applications, with 16 submitting more than 10 applications each. A district containing Coshocton, Muskingum and Morgan counties was fifth overall with 101 licenses applied for, 38 were in Coshocton. Application cost was $5,000 each. 


More than $153K worth of psilocybin mushrooms, tablets, marijuana seized in Madison County


A Louisiana woman is facing felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Madison County.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers stopped Natalie Borchers, 44, of New Orleans, for a speeding violation on I-70 on Friday, Dec. 17.

During the traffic stop, troopers said criminal indicators were observed and a drug-sniffing K9 alerted to the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, troopers found 50 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 20 pounds of marijuana, and 3 pounds of psilocybin-laced tablets worth approximately $153,000.


Medical marijuana nonprofit evolves as new CEO steps in

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A nonprofit that supports Ohio’s medical marijuana industry is undergoing changes after its CEO stepped down at the beginning of December to make way new leadership.

Ally Reaves, a longtime member of the medicinal cannabis industry and the founder of another regional nonprofit, took the reins of the Pickerington-based Cannabis Can from Bridget Williams, who left the position on Dec. 1.

Reaves is the founder and president of the nonprofit Midwest CannaWomen, which seeks to elevate women in the medical marijuana industry.


Ohio Senate okays medical marijuana for conditions including arthritis, autism and migraines

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Senators overwhelmingly approved a bill to expand Ohio’s medical marijuana program to other conditions, some of which were rejected for medical pot by state regulators in the past.

“We’re here, and the last bill before our Christmas break and we can end on a high note," said Sen. Steve Huffman (R-Tipp City), as laughter broke out in the chamber.

Minority Leader Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), a longtime medical marijuana advocate, got in on the joke too, saying when he wanted to propose the idea when he first arrived in the legislature, "all I heard was, 'Hey, Yuko, how many joint sponsors have you got?'"


Brookfield Township Police seize suspected cocaine, marijuana from driver


Brookfield Township Police confirmed a driver was arrested after a traffic stop lead to officers finding various suspected drugs on Dec. 9.

BTPD stated officers pulled over a vehicle driving from Farrell to Warren for a marked lanes violation.

Officers detected criminal indicators and a probable search cause was conducted on the vehicle, according to BTPD.

BTPD said the following were found inside the vehicle:


Miamisburg company partners with musician Nelly on CBD products

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When Bluegrass Farmaceuticals went looking for a business partner for the products it now makes in Miamisburg, the company found a big one in three-time Grammy-winning musician Nelly.


Wayne County farm takes aim at expanding hemp operation, educating community

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When brothers Shawn and Josh Cutter proposed growing hemp at their traditional family farm in 2019, their sister and mother weren't convinced it was the right move. 

Their 500-acre farm produced crops like alfalfa, corn and soybeans for decades, so adding a new plant with little knowledge of it was a gamble, but the family was quickly swayed.

At the time, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine had just passed a bill legalizing hemp with low THC (less than 0.3%) — the main psychoactive compound in cannabis — opening a new market in Ohio.

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