Recreational marijuana nearing enough signatures to force lawmakers’ hands, organizer says

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A direct-democracy attempt to force the state legislature to act on recreational marijuana will have enough signatures by the month’s end to set a plan in motion, an organizer projected Friday.

Ohio attorney Thomas Haren, a representative of the “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,” said he expects that enough signatures will be gathered to move a proposal forward that would allow for adult use, sale, and possession of marijuana in Ohio.

“We think that marijuana reform is popular,” he said at a panel hosted by the Ohio State University law school’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center.

“It’s not a bipartisan issue. It’s a nonpartisan issue.”


Survey Says Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Still Struggling

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There appears to remain a high level of dissatisfaction among Ohio medical cannabis patients with the state’s program.

While Ohio’s medical marijuana program commenced in September 2016, the first legal sales of medicines within the state didn’t kick off until 2019.

In its latest survey, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center reveals there are still plenty of challenges occurring in the program, although the level of dissatisfaction has improved over previous years.

55% of respondents reported some level of dissatisfaction the program, with close to 55% reporting being “extremely dissatisfied”  or “somewhat dissatisfied” this year, compared to 62% in 2020 and 67% in 2019.


Ohio medical marijuana users say prices still too high

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It’s been nearly three years since the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Ohio and a little more than half of the state’s marijuana card holders are either “extremely dissatisfied” or “somewhat dissatisfied” with the program.


House Republicans propose legalizing marijuana for 21+ recreational use

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Two Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday proposed legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Ohio.

In legislation that has not yet been formally introduced, Reps. Jamie Callender and Ron Ferguson pitched a program that would allow Ohioans 21 and older to purchase marijuana from licensed distributors or grow up to six plants in their home.

“Adults should be able to make decisions for themselves,” Ferguson said. “That’s what this bill is about.”


After nearly three years, dissatisfaction over Ohio's medical marijuana prices is widespread

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Nearly three years after the first medical marijuana dispensary opened in Ohio, slightly over half of the state’s marijuana card holders say they are dissatisfied with the program.

Those are the results of a late September report prepared by the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center at Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, which tracks the state’s medicinal cannabis program.

The group sent survey questions to 1,402 patients and prospective patients — 1,326 responded — who reported a common complaint: Medical pot is too expensive.

“This program still needs a lot of work,” said Angelica Warren, a patient and activist who lives in Westerville.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.  


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