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Cannabidiol, an ingredient derived from the hemp plant, is a popular trend in wellness. Better known as CBD oil, it’s found in lotions, candles, coffee, lip balm, and many other products.

CBD oil, although derived from the same plant as marijuana, contains little to none of the chemical that produces a high.

The Ohio Pharmacy Board in August ruled that that CBD oil is illegal under the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Today on Wellness Wednesday we take a closer look at CBD oil and more. 

Issue 1 Drug Sentencing

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Issue 1 on the November 6 statewide ballot would amend the state constitution to lessen criminal penalties for drug possession. Proponents say that the changes would lower the prison population and increase addiction treatment options.

Opponents caution about amending the constitution, saying that the change would tie the hands of judges, especially those managing specialty drug courts.

Today on All Sides, the pros and cons of Issue 1.  

Columbus's Proposed Ticket Tax

Oct 9, 2018
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The Greater Columbus Arts Council proposed a 7 percent tax in August on tickets and admission to all events in the city.

While the tax would raise money for the arts and bankroll upgrades to Nationwide Arena, anyone going to practically any event in Columbus will have to pay extra.

Today on All Sides, we discuss the ticket-tax and how other communities fund their arts.


Get Out The Vote

Oct 8, 2018
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The deadline to register to vote in Ohio is Tuesday, October 9th. With the midterm elections less than a month away, political parties are vying to energize their base and get them to the polls.  Several key races in Ohio, such as governor and the 12th district U.S. representative, are predicted to be close, making voter turnout that much more important.  Coming up, how political parties are getting out the vote and what’s keeping people from the polls. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Oct 8, 2018
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Ohio votes get one more chance to see and hear the major-party gubernatorial candidates debate before the November elections.


Tonight will be the third and final debate between Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine and Democrat Rich Cordray. Both candidates are still looking to distance themselves in what’s been a neck-and-neck race.

Today on All Sides, the Ohio gubernatorial race, fallout from Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanagh’s confirmation, and more.


All Sides Weekend: Chefs in the City

Oct 5, 2018
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Columbus’s craft beer scene is always changing, with new breweries and craft beer taverns popping up throughout the capital city. 

Brewers such as BrewDog and Rockmill Tavern keep customers and foodies coming back with a surplus of seasonal and new release local beers such as the canned Cerise Cherry Sour from Rockmill’s sour program.

Join us for All Sides with Ann Fisher Chefs in the City, as we talk about Columbus craft beer and breweries.


Dark Money and Politics

Oct 4, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court last month ruled that nonprofit political groups must disclose the identities of any donor giving more than $200. Many hailed the decision as a victory for political transparency, but many also still are concerned about the political influence of untraceable, corporate “dark money” in elections.  Today on All Sides: how dark money shapes the U.S. political landscape.   


Immigrant Involvement in Civic Education

Oct 4, 2018
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Immigrants moving to Columbus face many challenges when learning to navigate their new home. One obstacle is understanding how the courts, state, and local government work. The New American Leadership Academy initiative is heading up a new program to tackle this issue.

The goal is to get more immigrants and refugees educated and involved with civics.

Today on All Sides, we talk civics for immigrants and refugees.


Ohio High School Graduation Requirements

Oct 3, 2018
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The State Board of Education has asked the Ohio General Assembly to extend alternative graduation requirements while school districts help students adjust to the tougher new rules established two years ago.

The alternative requirements permit students to do service projects or meet other benchmarks besides test achievement for graduation.

But state lawmakers haven’t yet voted on the proposed extension, leaving some students and school districts in limbo.

Today on All Sides: What it takes to graduate from high school in Ohio, now and in the future.

'Boys Will Be Boys' Culture And Teen Sexual Assault

Oct 2, 2018
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The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after promises of an FBI investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted three women.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has opened the conversation about whether actions committed during teenage years should hold any weight during one’s adult life.

Coming up, the factors that lead teenage boys to commit sexual crimes and why it matters. 


The Power Of Small Acts Of Kindness

Oct 1, 2018
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Poet and activist Cleo Wade gave a moving TED talk last year about the power of small acts of compassion and bravery.

Wade and social psychologists alike agree that acts of kindness and gratitude affect everyday lives in important ways, spreading feelings of happiness and reducing depression and anxiety.

Today on All Sides,  how acts of kindness affect individuals and society.

Cleo Wade is speaking at YWCA's fall fundraiser.

America’s Test Kitchen

Sep 26, 2018
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America’s Test Kitchen is a popular public television cooking show that has been teaching Americans new recipes for years.  Now, it is targeting foodies and at-home cooks with its new illustrated cookbook.

The no-frills Dinner Illustrated: 175 Meals Ready in 1 Hour Or Less gives readers a different experience, focusing on the quality of recipes.

Get your own copy Americas Test Kitchen Dinner Illustrated Cookbook with a gift of $120 or more.

Haunted History of Columbus

Sep 25, 2018
Orton Hall on the campus of Ohio State University.
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In a city the size of Columbus, there just have to be a few good ghost stories. With many haunted houses and spooky legends, the capital city has a creepy history that’s waiting for anyone daring enough to explore it.

Succulent Gardening

Sep 24, 2018
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Succulents are an increasingly popular and low maintenance way to add some greenery to a home or office. While these are warm weather plants, common types, such as Cacti and Aloe, can be kept indoor during winter months.

Ohio’s garden sage Debra Knapke and Jared Hughes from Groovy Plants Ranch joins us to talk about succulents and transitioning your garden through the season change.

Today on All sides, tips on gardening and how you can keep indoor plants thriving through the fall.

Where Ohio's Gubernatorial Candidates Stand

Sep 19, 2018
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The governor's race enters the final stretch as the candidates take the stage at the University of Dayton for the first of three debates.

Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray are expected to spar on issues such as healthcare, Medicaid and taxes.

Today on All Sides: the politics of debates and the issues.