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1 US OH: Two Toledo-Area Doctors Get Ok To Recommend Medical PotSat, 14 Apr 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:66 Added:04/17/2018

The Medical Board of Ohio this week approved certificates for physicians to recommend medical marijuana, another step toward the legal sale of medicinal pot in the state.

Of the three dozen doctors approved to issue recommendations for medical marijuana, only two are in the Toledo-area, although more can be certified later. Dr. Ryan Lakin, medical director for Omni Medical Services, is based out of Toledo. Dr. Mark Neumann is based out of Temperance.

Patients can't be prescribed medical marijuana because it's illegal under federal law, so doctors must recommend its use.

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2 US OH: Ohio Health Officials: Synthetic Marijuana Laced With RatFri, 06 Apr 2018
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Neese, Alissa Widman Area:Ohio Lines:64 Added:04/11/2018

State health officials issued a public warning Friday about a severe bleeding outbreak in the Midwest that has been linked to synthetic marijuana contaminated with a rat poison ingredient.

No cases have been reported in Ohio as of Friday.

A total of 94 people have exhibited symptoms in the past month in other states.

Most were in Illinois, which has reported 89 cases, including two deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases also have been reported in Missouri, Wisconsin and Maryland, and there is a suspected case in Pennsylvania.

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3US OH: Former U.S. House Speaker To Promote Legalizing MarijuanaWed, 11 Apr 2018
Source:Providence Journal, The (RI) Author:Sewell, Dan Area:Ohio Lines:Excerpt Added:04/11/2018

CINCINNATI -- Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization.

Known as an avid cigarette smoker, the Ohio Republican has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a multistate cannabis company. The company also announced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has joined its advisory board.

Boehner says in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposition to legalizing marijuana. He says he believes legalizing marijuana can be helpful to the nation's veterans and as a way to help fight the U.S. opioid drug crisis. He wants to see federally funded research done and to allow Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a treatment option.

Boehner also says the move would curtail federal-state conflict on marijuana policies.

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4 US OH: Training Teaches Case Workers How To Find Drug ParaphernaliaTue, 10 Apr 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Mester, Alexandra Area:Ohio Lines:98 Added:04/10/2018

Books, CDs, tennis balls, and a box of candy are just some of the places in which drugs, drug paraphernalia, and sexually-explicit photographs are hidden in this scene.

A permanent marker, a hair brush, a tennis ball, a decorative wooden plaque bearing the word "faith." All are seemingly innocuous items in a teenage girl's bedroom.

But each was hiding a secret during the "Hidden in Plain Sight" training offered by Lucas County Children Services and the Drug Abuse Response Team of the Lucas County Sheriff's Office. Dozens of attendees, most of them employees with children services, rifled through the simulated bedroom Tuesday to search for more than 50 hidden items indicative of risky behavior like drug use and sexual activity.

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5 US OH: Editorial: There Is No Magic Solution For The Opioid CrisisWed, 21 Mar 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH)          Area:Ohio Lines:72 Added:03/25/2018

President Trump's proposal to invoke the death penalty for drug traffickers is an idea that is, in the practical scheme of things, unworkable. It is also probably unconstitutional and obviously simplistic. It is a gimmick, not a policy.

We need a policy.

The president likes dramatic gestures for difficult problems - a ban on all potential terrorists, a big wall next to Mexico, a 25-percent tariff on steel. This is not an altogether bad instinct. We need strong, decisive leaders and criminals need to fear punishment.

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6 US OH: Addiction Center Director Sentenced To Seven Years ForThu, 01 Mar 2018
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Futty, John Area:Ohio Lines:57 Added:03/05/2018

A Whitehall man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $25,000 in restitution for a series of crimes related to his proposal to create a residential treatment center for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts on the Near East Side of Columbus.

Johnny R. Marcum, 47, of Pierce Avenue, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of identity fraud, four counts of passing bad checks, one count of forgery, two counts of theft and one count of tampering with records.

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7 US OH: Ohio Drug Overdose Deaths Up 39%Mon, 12 Feb 2018
Source:Columbus Dispatch (OH) Author:Ludlow, Randy Area:Ohio Lines:62 Added:02/12/2018

Ohio's drug overdose deaths rose 39 percent -- the third-largest increase among the states -- between mid-2016 and mid-2017, according to new federal figures.

The state's opioid crisis continued to explode in the first half of last year, with 5,232 Ohio overdose deaths recorded in the 12 months ending June 31, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The death toll increased by 1,469 or 39 percent, which trailed only the 43.4-percent hike in Pennsylvania and 39.4-percent increase recorded in Florida. Ohio's total number of dead also only fell behind Florida (5,540) and Pennsylvania (5,443).

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8 US OH: Several Businesses Apply For Medical Marijuana DispensaryTue, 06 Feb 2018
Source:Blade, The (Toledo, OH) Author:Rosenkrans, Nolan Area:Ohio Lines:66 Added:02/07/2018

Eighteen businesses have applied for medical marijuana dispensary licenses in Lucas County, with Maumee and Holland joining Toledo as communities where businesses hope to sell medicinal pot, according to the Ohio Board of Pharmacy.

The board received 376 applications for a maximum of 60 possible licenses, though some businesses filed applications for multiple sites. The state has also split Ohio into four regional districts, and northwest Ohio will only receive 10 dispensary licenses, with 39 applications competing for those spots.

The restrictions are even more complex, though, as each region is broken down further into districts. Lucas County, for instance, will only receive two dispensaries, creating heavy competition among the 18 applications in Toledo, Maumee, and Holland. A district made up of Wood, Hancock and Henry counties will only get one. Three firms have applied to open in Wood County, and no companies have applied to open a dispensary in Hancock or Henry counties.

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