medical marijuana

Esther Honig

A memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gives federal attorneys more freedom in how they enforce marijuana regulations, but Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, says that won’t change his approach here.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

In guidance issued Thursday, Sessions rescinded those policies and instead will permit individual U.S. attorneys to decide how aggressively to go after marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime.

Groundbreaking of medical marijuana growing facility on Yellow Springs, Ohio
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs Thursday to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana-cultivation site.

The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago, and it moves forward amid questions over the fairness of state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year, one that would allow both the sale and possession of recreational marijuana.

Three companies are applying for medical marijuana dispensaries in Cincinnati's Columbia Township. Administrator Mike Lemon says the clinics project they could do as much as $50 million in business in three to five years, significantly contributing to the economy.

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

State Auditor Dave Yost says questions about past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program, set to begin operation in September, need to be addressed now. And he says it’s time for an investigation.

A medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

One of the lawmakers who sat on the state panel that approved the state’s medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until questions about it can be answered.

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

One of the principal backers of the failed 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana is threatening legal action against the state's medical pot program.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Dec 4, 2017

Two Republicans who were running against each other to become Ohio's next governor have decided to team up instead. Also medical marijuana licenses are granted to Ohio growers. Coming up, what you should know.

We'll discuss this topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.

Legal Marijuana Oregon
Gosia Wozniacka / Associated Press

The Ohio Department of Commerce has chosen the 12 companies that will be given licenses to operate large-scale medical marijuana growing farms. They also chose a final small grower, rounding out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medical marijuana under a new system expected to go live by September.

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