COLUMBUS - One day after Ohio announced its choices for larger growing
sites that would fuel a fledgling medical marijuana industry, a legal
challenge was announced that could throw a wrench into the works.
Ironically, such a lawsuit would be filed by some of the chief players
behind 2015's failed ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative that would have
legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use.
"Whether we end up with a license or we don't end up with a license,
that's not what this is about..." said Jimmy Gould, chairman and chief
executive of CannAscend Ohio. "I care that this process is broken. I
care that there should have been better oversight over this process,
and I care where this ends up....
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The Ohio Department of Commerce has approved 14 applications for small
operations to grow medical marijuana, although only 11 will become
The 11 sites on which up to 3,000 square feet can be cultivated, will
be in addition to 12 sites on which 24,000 square feet can be
cultivated. Successful applications for the large sites will be
announced in coming weeks, Department of Commerce spokeswoman
Stephanie Gostomski said.
Medical marijuana is expected to be available to consumers in about a
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The site of the proposed warehouse is vacant land at Jason Street and
A Cleveland-based company that has applied for a state license to grow
medical marijuana won approval Thursday from the Toledo Plan
Commission to build a 60,000-square-foot cultivation warehouse near
Alexis Road and Suder Avenue.
Les Hollis, a consultant for Lake Erie Compassion Care, said the
proposed facility would employ as many as 60 people, generating a $2.5
million to $3 million annual payroll.
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Kevin Jones lives at 700 Spencer St. He says he sees pros and cons to
using the dilapidated factory across the street to grow marijuana:
jobs and crime.
In 1910, Toledo businessman William Bunting opened a cavernous brass
factory on Spencer Street, just a short distance from the zoo.
Eighty years later, arson badly damaged the building. And today, the
vacant warehouse is a neighborhood eyesore, its facade pockmarked with
broken windows and crumbling bricks.
But soon this once-formidable, now-dilapidated industrial edifice
could take on an unlikely new identity: a greenhouse for medical marijuana.
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COLUMBUS - Louis Johnson, managing director of OMNI Medical Services,
showed up Monday at a hearing about proposed rules governing
physicians under Ohio's newly legal-medical marijuana program in hope
the murky waters of "affirmative defense" might be cleared a bit.
But he never heard the words mentioned in testimony before the hearing
officer, and the words won't be found in the rules written by the Ohio
"It's confusing a lot of municipalities and a lot of courtrooms..."
Mr. Johnson said afterward. "They're applying the
rules to affirmative defense, and that's not how [the law] is written."
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COLUMBUS - Nearly 200 prospective medical marijuana growers submitted
applications to the state for cultivation licenses, but the Department
of Commerce won't say yet where those applicants want to operate.
The department announced Wednesday that 185 applications were received
by the state last month for two types of licenses: level II
cultivators for grow operations with cultivation areas of 3,000 square
feet or less, and level I cultivators, which can have up to 25,000
square feet. The state will issue 12 of each licenses.
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Criminal charges filed against petition circulators accused of
falsifying signatures on petitions for the marijuana-legalization
ballot issue in 2015 show that people must be careful, Delaware County
Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said.
"It serves as a cautionary note that people circulating petitions need
to be very careful and follow the law when they are gathering
signatures," O'Brien said. "People need to be careful to only sign
their own names."
O'Brien commented Friday as four cases continued to move through
Delaware County Common Pleas Court.
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Tiffany Wigginton Carnal with her daughter Lyndi at Children's
Tiffany Wigginton Carnal is in the fight of her life to save her daughter.
Lyndi Carnal, 17, has Crohn's Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease that
causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, which can lead
to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.
Lyndi was diagnosed when she was 14. Since that time, she and her mother
have spent three Christmases, three New Year's Days and countless other
days at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
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WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general is
an outspoken foe of efforts to legalize marijuana for medicinal and
recreational purposes - and that has some wondering what it means for the
28 states that have legalized marijuana in some form.
Those states include Ohio, which is in the process of working on
regulations for its own medical marijuana legalization. Aaron Marshall, a
spokesman for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, said his hope remains with
Trump, who has repeatedly said he supports leaving marijuana legalization
efforts to the states.
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Findlay City Council made sure to give its two-year moratorium on
medical marijuana a final vote Tuesday, but tabled legislation that
would continue funding for the Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock
County through the city's hotel/motel bed tax.
Council voted 9-1 to enact a ban on dispensing, cultivating or
processing medical marijuana within city limits until Sept. 8, 2018.
That will be exactly two years from the date the Ohio Legislature
legalized the drug. Council plans to revisit the ban once state
officials establish rules, which is expected to take at least two years.
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Council Moving for Medical Marijuana Moratorium
With the term medical marijuana buzzing around, Avon Lake City
Council's safety committee moved along a moratorium to a collective
committee meeting during its meeting Aug. 24.
"A number of communities are doing this to allow for the dust to
settle," said Safety Committee Chair David Kos, adding that they want
to see how everything will land in place and how it will take effect.
Mayor Greg Zilka agreed with Kos that a lot of communities are taking
action to give them some breathing room.
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President Barack Obama has said he considers marijuana no more
dangerous than alcohol. More than three years ago, he said he had
"bigger fish to fry" than targeting pot smokers in states that permit
Federal officials remain in a haze when it comes to articulating a
comprehensible policy on marijuana.
Perhaps last week's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
curtailing the feds from prosecuting legitimate growers and
distributors will help clear the air.
Half the nation's states, led by California, permit medicinal
applications. Four states and the District of Columbia allow
recreational use. In November, California could become the fifth.
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Six-Month Measure Needed to Evaluate Issue, City Officials Say.
MIAMISBURG - Miamisburg is moving to become the latest Miami Valley
community to place a temporary ban on medical marijuana.
The city is considering a six-month ban on issuing and processing
"any permits allowing retail dispensaries, cultivators, or processors
of marijuana" in the city, according to a proposed ordinance.
Last month Beavercreek City Council approved a similar measure while
Troy voted in favor of a 180-day moratorium.
Those cities' actions and the measure before Miamisburg City Council
tonight follow Gov. John Kasich's signing in June of a bill that
allows medical marijuana to be prescribed for certain ailments.
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COLUMBUS (AP) - An Ohio board that oversees attorney conduct said
Thursday that attorneys aren't allowed to help someone establish a
legal medical marijuana-related business in the state because using,
growing and selling marijuana remains a federal crime.
The state Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct also said
Ohio attorneys aren't legally permitted to use medical marijuana or
to be personally involved in related businesses. Attorneys sought the
opinion to determine whether a law barring employers from
disciplining professionals from working with marijuana businesses
applies to lawyers
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Sheffield Village Council will discuss Aug. 15 whether to prohibit
the cultivation, processing and retail dispensing of marijuana for
medical use in all its zoning districts during its regular meeting.
Mayor John Hunter said the Council also will have another option: a
moratorium for up to six months.
Hunter said there is the moratorium for six months option because
this will give the Village Council and the planning commission to
review all Ohio statutes, criminal codes and the Village's zoning code.
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(AP) - Apparently unconstitutional portions of Ohio's medical
marijuana law, which set aside a percentage of the state's pot
licenses for minorities, were spotted during legislative debate but
left in the bill to gain needed votes, a key lawmaker says.
State Sen. Bill Seitz, a Cincinnati Republican, said legally prickly
provisions exposed by The Associated Press in June may require
changes. The law takes effect Sept. 8, at which point a new panel
will begin laying out a blueprint for how the new industry will work.
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State Still Working on Rules for Medical Pot Dispensaries
LIBERTY TWP. - Liberty Twp. officials plan to ban or place a
moratorium on medical marijuana businesses while various state
agencies work on rules for the new law that allows the drug.
After a failed attempt at legalizing marijuana both for recreational
and medical use, the state legislature and Gov. John Kasich signed
into law a measure that will allow it only for medicinal purposes.
State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester Twp., met with trustees Tuesday
in a work session to discuss the new legislation. He encouraged them
to place a moratorium on the medical drug while they figure out how
they want to tackle the issue.
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Ohio Supreme Court Board Asked to Weigh In.
Attorneys are asking whether Ohio's new medical marijuana law that
bars employers from disciplining professionals from working with
marijuana businesses applies to them.
Lawyers have submitted at least two requests for formal opinions on
the matter to the state Supreme Court's Board of Professional
Conduct. Only the state's high court can discipline licensed attorneys.
Attorneys want to know whether lawyers can use medical marijuana, own
or operate medical marijuana businesses and represent marijuana
cultivators, processors, dispensaries, patients and caregivers. The
new medical marijuana law bars professional license holders from
being disciplined "solely for engaging in professional or
occupational activities related to medical marijuana."
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Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of
the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be
unconstitutional, legal experts told The Associated Press.
The provisions were inserted into the fast-tracked bill at the
request of Democrats, whose votes were key to its passage in both
Republican-controlled legislative chambers. The law made Ohio the
25th state to legalize medicinal cannabis. It takes effect Sept. 8.
The benchmarks require at least 15 percent of Ohio's cultivator,
processor, retail dispensary and laboratory licenses to go to the
businesses of one of four economically disadvantaged minority groups
- - blacks, Hispanics, Asians or Native Americans - so long as an
adequate number apply.
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Ohio lawyers are inquiring about the legal ethics accompanying
A committee of the Board of Professional Conduct is examining the
issue and expects to make a recommendation on an advisory opinion in August.
Two lawyers have sought guidance on ethical issues since lawmakers
recently legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana for medical purposes.
The questions being asked include the type of services lawyers can
provide to marijuana-related businesses, attorney ownership in
related businesses and the personal use of medical marijuana.
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