Ohio

Thu
20
Jul

Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis.

State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the feds to drop marijuana from the list of controlled substances.

The resolution, which would have to pass both the Ohio House and Senate, doesn’t carry much clout. It is a mechanism for sending a message on an issue.

Mon
17
Jul

Patient advocates call for equal access to medical marijuana dispensaries

With just 60 proposed medical marijuana dispensaries for Ohio’s 88 counties, prospective patients worry that not all Ohioans will have equal access to the medicine they need.

Patient rights advocacy groups like the Ohio Rights Group and the Ohio Patient Network fear that the current proposal will leave some patients traveling long distances outside of the counties they live in.

“Having access to this medicine is a life and death situation,” said Ohio Rights Group President Emeritus John Pardee. “This is not about getting high.”

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has until September to submit the final rules.

Paraplegic patients like Richmond Heights veteran Ron Hudson said they worry about traveling long distances.

Mon
17
Jul

Ohio's aspiring marijuana growers: A closer look

Long-time natives and carpetbaggers. Construction magnates, toy tycoons, an Olympian and an heir to the Jim Beam whiskey fortune.

These are some of investors vying to win approval to grow medical marijuana in Ohio. The state accepted 185 applications in June and now has to decide who gets the 24 cultivator licenses available.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law, passed last year, allows people with 21 medical conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s and epilepsy, to purchase and use marijuana after getting a doctor’s recommendation. The law doesn’t allow smoking.

Wed
12
Jul

Ohio Marijuana Sellers Face High State Fees to Run Business

Potential medical marijuana dispensary owners in Ohio will have to shell out some green to sell some green if the latest round of suggested dispensary fees become law.

Prospective business owners may have to pay more than $75,000 in state fees, and that’s before factoring in costs of a storefront, product or employee salaries.

The dispensary fee structure proposed by the Medical Marijuana Control Program, the state agency charged with regulating the nascent industry, must undergo a public hearing Tuesday and a review from the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review before taking effect.

Wed
12
Jul

Former NFL Players Trying to Open Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Ted Ginn Sr., Troy Smith and Eric Metcalf eye Cleveland for medical marijuana dispensary.

Three big names in Cleveland football are eyeing multiple sites in the Cleveland area for a medical marijuana dispensary.

Ted Ginn Sr., long-time football and track coach at Glenville High School, former Ohio State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and former Cleveland Brown Eric Metcalf have their sights set on one of 60 dispensary licenses to be awarded later this year.

The three have partnered with Jim Buchanan, a Seattle recreational marijuana store owner who used to live in Cleveland, and were in Columbus on Tuesday to comment on draft regulations for dispensaries.

Thu
06
Jul

185 apply for medical marijuana cultivator licenses in Ohio

Ohio has received more than 180 applications for 24 licenses to grow marijuana under the state's new medical marijuana program.

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a law more than a year ago allowing medical marijuana to be prescribed under certain conditions to patients suffering one or more qualifying medical conditions.

The Ohio Department of Commerce on Wednesday released a list of 185 applicants for medical marijuana cultivator licenses. The application deadline for Ohio's 24 licenses was Friday.

The state plans to license up to 12 cultivators with up to 3,000 square feet (333 square yards) of growing space and 12 cultivators with up to 25,000 square feet (2,777 square yards) of space.

Thu
29
Jun

State keeps medical marijuana grow applications secret

Who applied to grow medical marijuana in Ohio? The state isn't saying.

After legalizing medical marijuana last year, the state is setting up a massive program to oversee the businesses who grow and sell marijuana as well as doctors who recommend it to patients.

Those who want to grow the drug must apply with the Ohio Department of Commerce, which has already collected applications to be one of Ohio's 12 small-scale medical marijuana farms. But when The Enquirer requested those applications, seeking to report where marijuana growers might be located, the state said it didn't have to share the applications with the public right now. 

Fri
23
Jun

Once a medical-marijuana refugee, Addyson Benton has come back to Ohio

Addyson Benton has come home.

To celebrate, her parents Heather and Adam Benton threw a bash June 17 for Addyson’s sixth birthday at EnterTrainment Junction, with pizza, cake, presents, grandparents, relatives and friends. Addyson and a young pal walked hand in hand around the venue, with Addyson smiling and pointing at the lights and train sounds.

“She’s been the ultimate factor on every decision,” said Heather Benton, brushing a hand over her daughter’s hair. “Her well-being is the only thing that matters.”

Fri
23
Jun

Ohio officials say fentanyl is being mixed with marijuana

It appears the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl is now being mixed with marijuana in some Ohio communities – sparking some concern that this dangerous trend could soon spread across more of the United States.

What started out as a rumor last week on social media networks has been confirmed as gospel. Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said during a recent press conference with Senator Rob Portman that she has seen some cases in which fentanyl, a hardcore painkiller with a potency up to 100 times greater than morphine, has been mixed with marijuana.

Mon
12
Jun

Columbus changing zoning laws for medical marijuana growers

Ohio's capital city is opening its arms to medical marijuana growers.

Columbus is changing zoning laws to accommodate cannabis cultivators and has already signed off on six businesses seeking approval from Ohio to obtain one of the state's 24 medical marijuana grow licenses.

A city zoning officials says Columbus plans to allow indoor grow facilities in manufacturing districts. The city also will consider where dispensaries can sell cannabis products in the zoning changes.

Columbus officials have been supportive of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that allows doctors to recommend cannabis to patients with at least one of 21 qualifying medical conditions. Medical marijuana is supposed to become available by September 2018.

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