Marijuana Legalization

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Republican Attorney General Dave Yost has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized recreational marijuana in the state for lack of valid signatures.

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Ohio’s Attorney General has rejected language for a proposed amendment to legalize recreational marijuana on the fall ballot. The move is not unusual, but it does add an additional hurdle for organizers.

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A new effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio is underway. The proposal is called the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment. 

On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss a renewed push to legalize recreational marijuana on Ohio's November ballot. Jackie Borchardt, Columbus bureau chief for the Cincinnati Enquirer, joins the show.

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.
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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:

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New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, one of half a dozen Democratic senators running for the White House, is reintroducing a bill on Thursday that would fundamentally end the federal government's prohibition on marijuana.

Carmen Fultz, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, sorts the male and female marijuana plants inside a Veg Room, in Eastlake, Ohio.
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Medical marijuana advocates and health care providers gathered in Cleveland over the weekend for the first Ohio Marijuana Expo.

Medical Marijuana In Ohio

Jan 3, 2019

Ohio’s medical marijuana program is picking up steam after a delayed rollout in 2018.


More than 3,500 Ohio residents have registered and the Ohio Department of Commerce officials predicts that product will be available within the month.


For many, the next step is recreational pot.


Coming up on All Sides, we take a look at how other states have moved from medical to recreational marijuana and how Ohio might - or not - follow suit. 


Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jul 23, 2018
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Fresh from his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump announced plans to invite Putin to Washington for another summit this fall. The decision already has sparked uproar in Washington over the President’s relationship with Russia and Putin. Today on our weekly reporter roundtable, we’ll talk about how Republicans might respond to questions about Trump and Russia on the campaign trail before the midterm elections. 


Updated at 8:05 p.m. ET

Recreational marijuana may soon be legal in Canada, after both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer after the Senate voted 52-29 Tuesday night to approve the bill, the CBC reports.

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Backers of a state constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide to legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol will soon start collecting signatures to put it before voters.


The Ohio Attorney General has certified a petition for another proposed marijuana constitutional amendment. But this one would fully legalize recreational marijuana.

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For the next seven months, a few Ohio groups will be circulating petitions, trying to get enough valid signatures to put specific issues on the 2018 general ballot. 

Secretary of State Jon Husted laid out his views on the three statewide issues on this fall's ballot at the Columbus Metropolitan Club, Wednesday, and he also talked about how he sees them playing out.