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Have a Heart Cincy, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Cincinnati's city limits and the largest dispensary in Ohio, is now open in Hartwell. What makes it unique is it's owned and operated by members of a church congregation.

A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
Carlos Osorio / Associated Press

Some states around Ohio have legalized recreational marijuana. But Ohio’s Republican governor isn’t embracing that possibility.

With the new year come many new state laws across the country. There are the usual suspects — gun laws, marijuana legalization and housing protections — but there are also some new frontiers: groundbreaking laws concerning Internet user privacy and the classification of contract workers in California, for example.

Here are some of the most notable laws taking effect Jan. 1, in no particular order:

Red flag

Columbus Council members Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew Ginther, and members Elizabeth Brown and Rob Dorans at an October press conference.
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Columbus City Council will bring an end to a busy year Monday night at its final meeting of 2019.

Joan Caleodis, of Martin's Ferry, Ohio, celebrates after making one of the first patient purchases of Ohio's Medical Marijuana program at Cresco Labs CY+ dispensary in Wintersville, Ohio, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.
Gene J. Puskar / AP

Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product.

Major League Baseball announced changes to its drug use and testing policies on Thursday, removing marijuana from its "drugs of abuse" while announcing mandatory tests for cocaine and opioids. The policy will be effective starting in 2020 during spring training.

Players who test positive for prohibited substances, which include fentanyl and LSD, will be evaluated and prescribed a treatment plan. Those who don't obey the league's plan may be punished.

Ed Santillan is CEO of AgraPharm, LLC. He decided to get into the hemp industry after his wife discovered that CBD helped with her migraines.
Jared Murphy / WESA

At AgraPharm LLC’s warehouse in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, the scent of cannabis is potent.

“What you're smelling today is about only a third of what it really smells like when we first harvest the crop,” said AgraPharm’s CEO Ed Santillan.

Hemp farming exploded after the 2018 Farm Bill passed last December. The bill decriminalized the plant at the federal level, opening the door for many U.S. farmers to grow and sell hemp.

Over the past year, licensed hemp acreage increased more than 445%, according to the advocacy and research group Vote Hemp. More than 510,000 acres of hemp were licensed in 2019, versus about 112,000 acres in 2018.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

The Ohio State Bar Association is hosting a Cannabis Law Conference in Columbus on Thursday.

A clerk reaches for a container of marijuana buds for a customer at Utopia Gardens, a medical marijuana dispensary, in Detroit, on Oct. 2, 2018.
Carlos Osorio / Associated Press

In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, more than three-quarters of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to give marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system.

Wellness Wednesday: Health Risks Of Vaping THC

Sep 18, 2019
A man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 380 confirmed and probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 36 states. At least seven people have died.  

No single substance or product has been pinpointed as a cause but most patients said they were using e-cigarettes with THC, the chemical in marijuana that creates a “high.” 

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the dangers of vaping. 

 

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Cincinnati could soon have a program to help people clear their criminal records if they were charged with having small amounts of marijuana.  

The full council could vote on the expungement ordinance Wednesday.

A handful of people near the beginning of the Verilife line Wednesday morning were already talking about how they hoped medical marijuana prices would come down with increased competition. The Cincinnati area's first dispensary just opened on Ridge Road in Columbia Township.

Steve Brown / WOSU

Inside his Linden-area home, I ask Bob Bridges if he thinks he was removed from Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for being vocal about his beliefs.

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
David Dermer / Associated Press

Since Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in 2016, very few growing sites, processing facilities and dispensaries have actually been approved by the state. This delay is slowing down the expansion of the cannabis industry. 

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