Ohio

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.

Thu
02
Sep

Effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio clears another hurdle

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An effort to legalize marijuana use and sales in Ohio has cleared another hurdle on the path to getting the proposal submitted to the Legislature.

The Ohio Ballot Board, a panel of legislative appointees led by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, voted Monday to approve the proposed statute from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as a single issue.

Tue
31
Aug

Man with weed-sounding name busted for, well, weed

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The decision to take an early-morning drive with cannabis debris clearly visible inside his vehicle turned out to be a bad one for a 20-year-old California man with a weed-sounding moniker.This past Saturday proved anything but relaxing for Kody Idica — just one letter shy of Indica, a cannabis variety long associated with sedating effects — when police stopped his vehicle at about 3:30 a.m. in Redwood Valley, Calif.

Tue
10
Aug

What Happened To Cincinnati's Plan To Expunge Marijuana Offenses?

Cincinnati officials voted two years ago to expunge minor marijuana offenses, but so far, no cases seem to have been sealed due to the ordinance.

Cincinnati officials voted two years ago to expunge minor, nonviolent marijuana offenses, but so far, none of the nearly 14,000 cases that could be eligible seem to have been sealed due to the ordinance.

Fri
06
Aug

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost rejects ballot language for marijuana legalization proposal

 A campaign pushing to legalize marijuana in Ohio will have to collect a new batch of petition signatures after Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost rejected the first batch the group submitted, citing issues with how the petition summarized the group’s proposed law change.

Wed
04
Aug

Ohio doubles up to legalize marijuana

There are now two separate efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio.

On Friday, two Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio House introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. House Bill 382 would allow Ohioans to purchase and use marijuana and cultivate up to 12 plants.

The bill hasn’t been assigned to a committee yet. The measure’s main authors are state Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland. The bill already has 10 co-sponsors, all Democrats.

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