Ohio's medical marijuana law and unemployment compensation: Will discharge be “just cause"

Ohio’s medical marijuana law becomes fully operational in September of this year. The law legalizes medical marijuana in Ohio, establishes a regulatory regime for its production, dispensation and use, and creates broad protections for employers. Nevertheless, Ohioans continue to grapple with the law’s employment implications, including how the law affects unemployment compensation benefits.


Medical marijuana: If Ohio won't let you burn it, how do you use it?

Some say medical marijuana is a misnomer, including some local officials and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.  

“People keep saying ‘medical marijuana’ and there’s no such thing,” said Helen Jones-Kelley, executive director, Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County. “It isn’t like you can just go into a place and find a strain of marijuana that is medicinal.” 


'My research shows if you use cannabis in low doses in your 40s and 50s, you probably don’t get Alzheimer’s': Dr. Gary Wenk

It may be time to talk to your parents about marijuana. Smoking it every day could save their lives, according to Dr. Gary Wenk - a researcher at Ohio State University who has been studying the effects of cannabis on the human brain and made some astounding discoveries, writes Tess Barker.


Ohio to announce medical marijuana dispensary locations

The 57 dispensaries receiving licenses today represent just a fraction of the nearly 400 applications submitted, and three fewer than state law allows.

Ohio regulators will announce which retail dispensaries have received approval to set up shop under the state’s new medical marijuana program. The application process, however, has not been without controversy. And the 57 dispensary locations expected to be announced today will represent just a fraction of the 376 applications submitted to regulators.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy Awards 57 Dispensaries With Operating Licenses


Ohio medical marijuana program to bring $11 million in fees

A report says Ohio's medical marijuana program will bring in about $11 million in fees even before the system is up and running.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that figure includes about $5.2 million in non-refundable application fees already collected from more than 650 prospective medical marijuana businesses.

The state will also collect about $2.6 million in licensing fees from 25 large and small cultivators who received provisional growing license, and another $2.6 million in annual license renewal fees from growers.


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Medical marijuana ramp-up in Ohio sees progress, questions

The medical marijuana program Ohio’s set to launch later this year has been beset by questions.

Will growing operations be able to ramp up in time to meet initial demand? Will legal and administrative challenges tangle the rollout in red tape? Will enough doctors obtain certificates to serve needy patients?

Still, much progress has been made since Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 and set Sept. 8 of this year as the launch date.

Mark Hamlin, the Ohio Department of Commerce’s policy adviser on medical marijuana, acknowledges the process has been “bumpy.” But he said he hopes the public recognizes this is not just a short-term project.


Ohio officials award medical marijuana grow license to company affected by scoring error

The Ohio Department of Commerce on Tuesday issued a 25th provisional license to grow medical marijuana to a company that was incorrectly booted from the top-scoring companies because of a department scoring error. 

Illinois-based PharmaCann Ohio LLC received a provisional license to grow up to 25,000 square feet at a site in Buckeye Lake. PharmaCann policy director Jeremy Unruh said the company is looking forward to beginning construction on its Ohio grow facility. 

"It's an opportunity for us to deliver what we promised not just to the Department of Commerce or the patients or the state but the people of Buckeye Lake," Unruh said.


Ohio medical marijuana companies await judge's decision on whether to pause grow licenses

The decision of whether to halt a portion of Ohio's nascent medical marijuana program - which the state argues will delay cannabis from getting to sick patients - is now in Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye's hands.

Monday morning, at the end of a two-day hearing, Frye said his decision would come possibly later this week.


Ohio: Residents react to potential recreational marijuana initiative

A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio is one step closer to reality.

It could even been on ballots in 2019. 

For recreational marijuana to make it on ballots in 2019, supporters need to gather more than 300,000 signatures from 44 of Ohio's 88 counties. 

This is same movement failed on statewide ballots in 2015. 

"It obviously means there are a lot of people who want it to be legal. It might just be the people who would profit from growing it. I hope not!" said Joyce George a Dayton resident.

The proposed initiative would allow Ohioan's age 21 and older to posses, grow, use and sell marijuana. 

There isn't a maybe option on the ballot and that's where some residents stand. 


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