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Tue
17
Mar

Will Coronavirus Crush Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization Plan?

Three years, four months, and six days after Maine voters passed a ballot measure to legalize adult-use cannabis in November 2016, the state’s first batch of conditional licenses for cannabis businesses have finally been issued. State regulators expect retail sales to begin this summer.

A total of thirty one conditional licenses will go to sixteen cannabis stores, ten cultivation facilities, four product-manufacturing facilities, and one nursery. But Mainers can’t just drive down the road to a local shop just yet—a retail launch date has not been set, and a series of steps that business owners must take before they open their doors to the public still remain. 

Mon
16
Mar

Ohio medical marijuana recalled after it wasn't fully tested

Ohio officials on Friday recalled several medical marijuana products from cultivator Pure Ohio Wellness after it was found the products hadn't been properly tested for contaminants.

Several varieties of dried flower were sent to the state's three operational testing labs for preliminary testing. These tests were only for potency – amount of the compounds THC and CBD – and pesticides.

The flower was never given the full battery of tests required by program rules. Those tests detect heavy metals such as lead, microbials like salmonella and other potentially harmful substances.

Thu
12
Mar

Ohio Attorney General Rejects Marijuana Legalization Proposal Language

The effort to get a constitutional amendment legalizing recreational marijuana for adults on Ohio’s ballot this year hit a snag on Tuesday, with the state’s Republican attorney general rejecting the summary language proposed by the group backing the measure.

Mon
09
Mar

Which State Will Legalize Marijuana First In 2020: Kentucky, Ohio Or Indiana?

As with any bet, there is no sure thing. But, the following predictions are most likely how it will all go down. 

There has been a lot of discussion this year about legalizing marijuana in a few additional states across the Midwest now that Michigan and Illinois have joined the party. So far, three states — Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana — are looking at some options that could lead to new marijuana laws going on the books in 2020.

Fri
06
Mar

Ohio medical marijuana: Purchase limit changes considered after patient complaints

Patients in Ohio’s medical marijuana program have long complained about the complicated way the state calculates how much marijuana they can buy in a 90-day period.

That could soon change.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy is reviewing the “90-day supply” after receiving more than 50 public comments about how the existing limits are burdensome.

Wed
04
Mar

Divided America: 34 Percent Of U.S. States Still Don't Allow Medical Marijuana

Millions of Americans now have access to medical marijuana. But millions more do not, and attempts to change that have hit a brick wall in some states. Medical marijuana is inaccessible to 34 percent of the states in the country and remains illegal on a federal level.

This fact is a fly in the face of national sentiment. Based on the most recent nationwide survey by Gallup, 66 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.

Wed
26
Feb

Ohio Cannabis Advocates Trying To Get Legalization On The Ballot

A group of Ohio medical marijuana growers are at the center of a new coalition that’s launching a campaign to get recreational legalization on the ballot this November. By the end of the week, the Ohio marijuana business owners will file petitions with the state attorney general’s office to begin the ballot measure process.

Mon
24
Feb

What's in that CBD? Maybe not what you think.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – CBD is everywhere.

In lotions sold at the mall. In your freshly squeezed juice. In dog treats that promise calming effects.

But there are few regulations and rules regarding products containing CBD, or cannabidiol, a cannabis compound found in marijuana and its non-intoxicating cousin hemp. Testing is not required. There is no way to know for sure whether the product contains the amount of CBD advertised on label – or whether it's free from lead, pesticides and other potentially harmful substances.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, part of the USA TODAY Network, recently had eight CBD products tested to see if they matched what the label claimed.

Tue
21
Jan

Ohio Farmers Another Step Towards Hemp In 2020

It’s looking increasingly likely farmers in the U.S. state of Ohio will be able to plant hemp this year.

On July 30 last year Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 57 into law, allowing for the state’s Department of Agriculture to immediately plant a research crop and helping to clear the way for the state’s farmers to start growing hemp in 2020 – but some red tape remained.

Fri
17
Jan

Ohio reaches first year of state medical marijuana sales

A year after Joan Caleodis became the first person in Ohio to purchase state-sanctioned medical marijuana, she said she remains mostly satisfied with the program but looks forward to a day when prices for cannabis products drop.

Caleodis, 56, of Martins Ferry in southeast Ohio, said she spends around $300 a month at local dispensaries to buy patches along with dried flowers and cannabis oil, which she vapes, to help treat primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary for medical marijuana sales in Ohio.

A retired state worker, Caleodis said that before she began using cannabis she was taking as many as 16 pills a day. Now she takes only a few and has learned which strains of marijuana help her best.

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