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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


How Far Has Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Come?

The road to medical cannabis has been a long one for patients in Ohio, and most of them aren’t near the end just yet. The medical marijuana program approved by the state legislature in the aftermath of the crushing defeat suffered by Issue 3 – a measure that would have legalized adult-use and medicinal cannabis in the state – still struggles in many ways.


Ohio governor says legalizing marijuana would be a mistake

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio shouldn't legalize recreational marijuana despite the legalization movement in neighboring states. But one state lawmaker from Cincinnati says it's only a matter of time before legalization comes to Ohio.

Amy Wolfinbarger says it's time for Ohio to legalize recreational marijuana. Wolfinbarger founded Sensible Norwood, which helped author an ordinance that decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.

“The state of Ohio is definitely being left behind, and not just the state of Ohio; the citizens of Ohio are being left behind as well,” said Wolfinbarger.

This week, DeWine told Ohio Public Radio, "It would really be a mistake for Ohio, by legislation, to say that marijuana for adults is just OK."


Ohio patients get access to medical marijuana while the state program still works tries to get license-holders operating

After nearly a full year of medical marijuana sales, Ohio reports 74,768 registered patients, with 51,237 having visited a dispensary to purchase some form of medical marijuana.

Since sales started on Jan. 16, 2019, the state reports 6,180 pounds of plant material have been sold, compared to 251,887 units of manufactured product, like tinctures, oils, edibles, or lotions adding up to $51.5 million in product sales.


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