Ohio

Wed
13
Oct

Legalize Cannabis For Adults In Ohio, State Politician Says

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 An Ohio legislator is again trying to legalize recreational cannabis use for adults.

State Rep. Jamie Callendar, from Concord, plans to introduce a bill that would make buying and using cannabis legal for Ohioans 21 and older, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio's existing cannabis producers, who sell their product medically, would be allowed to transition into selling recreational cannabis too.

The legislation also creates a pathway for Ohioans to expunge previous cannabis convictions from their record.

Thu
07
Oct

Weed for feed: hemp and algae projects land $10 million grants

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Ohio’s Central State University aims to investigate using hemp as an aquaculture feed ingredient to address food safety concerns about consuming seafood raised with hemp feed additives. They will also research ways to increase economic markets and production sustainability for seafood and hemp.

Thu
23
Sep

Second teen admits guilt in fatal Middletown shooting allegedly over $60 marijuana debt

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The second of three teens charged in an apparent robbery attempt that turned deadly last winter in Middletown has admitted guilt.

Fri
17
Sep

More Cannabis Dispensaries Coming Soon: Ohio Expands Medical Cannabis Cultivation Amid Shortages

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Ohio's medical marijuana cultivators who have complied with rules and regulations can now request permission to expand their grow space, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced Wednesday.

The expansion process comes as the Buckeye State plans to more than double the number of its dispensaries after a cultivator, Fire Rock Ltd., sued the state for failing to act on its February 2020 request to expand.

"This decision comes after a review of multiple program metrics, including patient program participation and the Board of Pharmacy’s impending request for new dispensary license applications," a Commerce Department spokesperson told the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Thu
16
Sep

Police: Man delivering marijuana takes Uber to hospital after being shot in northeast Columbus

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Police are investigating a shooting in northeast Columbus that sent a man to the hospital.  

According to the Columbus Division of Police, around 12:51 a.m., Thursday, officers responded to the report of a person shot in the area of Magnolia Blossom Boulevard and Daffodil Drive.  

When officers arrived on scene, they found a gray Dodge Charger with several bullet holes in the driver’s door, as well as rifle casings near the vehicle, but were unable to locate a victim.  

Police say, about an hour later, an Uber arrived at St. Ann’s Hospital with the 21-year-old male victim who was suffering from gunshot wounds to his back, stomach and right arm.  

Mon
13
Sep

New Program Helps Marijuana Offenders Get Jobs In Legal Market

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Getting busted for weed is no walk in the park. There’s the arrest, a slew of court dates, typically a conviction, and depending on the severity of the offense, a sentence that can come with prison time and hefty fines. Perpetuating the punishment is the difficulties one often experiences after getting out of the clink and back into productive society.

Companies can be cautious about hiring ex-cons and other people, who, on paper, appear to be questionable choices for an employee. However, one organization has taken a novel new approach to assist cannabis offenders in securing gainful employment: Help them find work on the legal side of weed.

Wed
08
Sep

Ohio Cultivator and Non-profit Organization Offer Education Program in Cultivation

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Formerly incarcerated individuals can now learn how to cultivate cannabis through a Ohio non-profit program called URC Grows.

An Ohio non-profit organization and a cannabis cultivator are working together to help individuals who have been incarcerated for cannabis-related charges to receive education in cannabis cultivation.

Riviera Creek Holdings LLC cannabis cultivator and United Returning Citizens (URC) organization, which are both based in Youngstown, Ohio, are partnering together to support a program called URC Grows. The program will provide educational and job opportunities for those who have been convicted of cannabis crimes.

Tue
07
Sep

What would the public health and safety impacts of cannabis legalization be in Ohio?

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Last Monday, a panel of state officials approved ballot language for recreational cannabis legalization in the state of Ohio, clearing the way for backers to begin collecting signatures for the initiative. According to reports, the ballot language for this initiative is similar to a bill introduced by state Reps. Casey Weinstein and Terrence Upchurch to legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

I have written previously about the most obvious impact of cannabis legalization in Ohio: hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue. But tax revenue isn’t the only likely impact of recreational cannabis legalization.

Fri
03
Sep

Dispensary owner, state lawmakers call for more diversity in the medical marijuana industry

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Ohio is preparing to double the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. The hope is to alleviate some of the problems with the relatively new industry, including travel distance, price, and supply.

But there are some concerns about who will receive these new licenses.

Ariane Kirkpatrick is the owner of Ohio's first Black-owned dispensary. She says the accomplishment is bittersweet.

She owns Harvest of Ohio—with three locations in Athens, Beavercreek and Columbus.

“It’s like an oxymoron to be the first because this is 2021, so to be the first in this industry, an industry that has so many roots in the minority community, just doesn’t settle well with my stomach," Kirkpatrick said.

Fri
03
Sep

The Ohio Hemp Co. focuses on research, leadership with new crop

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The founders of The Ohio Hemp Co. weren’t always planning on growing hemp. In 2018, Justin Helt and TJ Richardson were talking about starting a craft brewery, after they returned to Ohio after both studying at universities in Kentucky.

But with Helt’s family background — he comes from a long line of farmers, and his grandfather, Jim Helt, is in the Ohio Ag Council’s hall of fame and the state fair hall of fame — they thought they might do better in a support role, providing the crops that breweries need to make their craft beer. So, they started looking into hops.

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