20 States expected to fully legalize marijuana by 2024

The legal marijuana industry is budding before our eyes. What had once been considered a taboo industry that was swept under the rug by lawmakers has now become a front-and-center issue, as well as a big-time moneymaker for investors and companies involves in the pot industry.


$7M pours into university doing Ohio’s 1st hemp research

A historically black university in Ohio is advancing its plans to become the first public institution in the state to conduct hemp research.

Central State University announced Thursday it’s received $7.1 million in contributions toward current initiatives, including its new hemp research program.

The sum includes a single record-setting private donation of $2 million from philanthropist Frank Murphy.

President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond says Central State is the only Ohio public university planting seeds for research into hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant used for fiber and cannabidiol (kan-uh-bih-DY’-ahl), or CBD.


Ohio Lawmaker blames recreational marijuana for mass shootings

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller believes “the acceptance of recreational marijuana” and more social shifts are the true culprits of gun violence.

In the wake of mass shootings, we seek explanations for such senseless and unnecessary violence. That impulse led one Ohio lawmaker to blame the legalization of recreational marijuana as one reason the United States has seen an increase of mass shootings.


Ohio’s Governor just signed a Bill legalizing the sale of hemp and CBD

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio signed a bill on Tuesday that legalizes hemp agriculture and sales of products made from the crop, including CBD. The measure, Senate Bill Number 57, decriminalizes hemp cultivation and establishes a system to license growers and processors. DeWine signed the bill on Tuesday morning during an appearance at the Ohio State Fair.


Ohio lawmakers advance bill for CBD products and hemp cultivation

Ohio lawmakers advanced a bill earlier this week that would legalize CBD products and hemp production in the state. The bill will now head to Governor Mike DeWine and if he approved the measure it will immediately be made law.

“This is the best news that’s going to hit farm country this year,” said Rep. Bill Seitz from Green Township.

The bill was passed by the Senate in March and approved earlier this week in an 88-3 vote, showing the state’s growing approval for the cannabis industry within Ohio.

Larry Householder, House Speaker, told sources that since farmers in Ohio has such a rough year, this news is a promising  


Columbus, Ohio may significantly reduce penalties for marijuana possession

The city council in Columbus, Ohio is considering cannabis policy reforms that would significantly reduce the penalties imposed for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The council has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed city ordinance to enact the reforms for Thursday evening.

Under the proposed ordinance, possession of up to 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of marijuana would be subject to a fine of up to $10. Those caught possessing between 100 and 200 grams (approximately seven ounces) of cannabis could be fined up to $25. Possession of more than 200 grams would still be a felony.


Advocates push Ohio to approve marijuana for autism, but science is unclear

Ohio appears to be on the verge of allowing patients to buy medicinal marijuana to treat autism, even as researchers who conducted the studies cited by those promoting approval urge caution.

The State Medical Board of Ohio’s expert review committee will brief board members on the issue in a meeting tentatively scheduled for August 14. The board will vote on approval in the fall.

Supporters point to research suggesting that cannabis could improve brain development in children with autism, but researchers who did those studies warn it’s premature to support approval based on their work.

Parents can administer marijuana to children as caregivers under Ohio’s 2016 medical marijuana law.


Which States could be next to legalize marijuana?

The marijuana industry has been fueled by the legislative measures that have occurred on a statewide basis over the past five or so years. In that time, we have seen a number of states allow for the use and sale of recreational cannabis. With so many states showing that there can be a lot of success for those willing to put in the right laws, it seems that many places around the nation have begun to follow suit.


Three ounce possession of marijuana decriminalized in Cincinnati

You will soon be able to walk the streets of Cincinnati, marijuana in hand. After careful debate, the city council passed an ordinance on Wednesday that will make possession of marijuana legal up to three ounces.  

Many council members saw the measure as a compromise, but the majority felt the issue was too important to get hung up on individual conditions. “If we don’t do something now, we’ll never do anything,” said council person Wendell Young.

System changes will take effect in 30 days.


Ohio medical board postpones approval for autism as qualifying condition for medical cannabis

A proposal to add depression, opioid addiction and insomnia to the list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis was rejected on Wednesday by the Ohio State Medical Board. They also decided that a vote to include autism and anxiety as qualifying conditions will be postponed.  

 An advisory committee met last month to consider whether the five conditions should be added to the state’s medical marijuana program. Medical experts were asked to convince the committee to include autism and anxiety by presenting evidence.

The physicians panel was not able to come to a unanimous decision on depression, opioid addiction and insomnia and did not recommend any of the conditions after hearing from the experts.


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