Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness. But there are some serious health risks associated with frequent use. One of the more troubling ones is the risk of having a psychotic episode.

John Boehner has been known to enjoy the occasional adult beverage. He famously nicknamed his negotiations over raising the nation's debt ceiling in 2011 the "Nicorettes and Merlot sessions." Nicorette because that's what President Obama would chew during the talks. Merlot because that was the drink of choice for the former speaker of the House.

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.

As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

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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It’s been more than a month now since medical marijuana was available for sale in some parts of Ohio, and the sales continue to climb.

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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There are now six dispensaries open in Ohio, with the latest one in East Liverpool opening last week. And the sales at those facilities continue to be brisk.

Reporter Roundtable

Feb 11, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.

Two Ohio lawmakers are pushing to get tampons and diapers exempt from sales tax.

In the state, pharmaceutical drugs, medical equipment and insulin aren’t charged sales tax. The bipartisan bill, if passed, would make Ohio the 15th state to exempt menstrual products.

Today on All Sides, Ohio politics, pharmacy middlemen, and medical marijuana.

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.
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There are only four medical marijuana dispensaries open in Ohio at this point but in the last three weeks, they’ve sold more than a half million dollars worth of product.

The first medical marijuana harvest took place Monday in Akron. Elected officials and the media toured the 43,000 square foot facility to take in the ceremonial cutting of the first bud.

Cleveland City Council plans to take up the decriminalization of marijuana during this year’s session.

Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Blaine Griffin said during Monday’s committee meeting that he’d be looking at recent laws in Toledo and Dayton as models.

“I’m going to have several experts from that industry, as well as some internal partners from the city of Cleveland, that we are going to bring together to have the discussion around decriminalization of marijuana,” said Griffin.

The Ins And Outs Of Medical Marijuana

Jan 9, 2019

More than 3,000 Ohio residents have activated their medical marijuana registry cards -- a necessary step in the process in the Buckeye State. 

Twenty-one conditions -- from post-traumatic stress disorder to glaucoma  -- all of which are set forth in state regulations, qualify patients for medical marijuana in Ohio.  We talk about how physicians and dispensary employees are prepared to manage the demand and the questions. Coming up, how medical marijuana works in Ohio.   

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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State officials say doctors have submitted nearly 4,500 recommendations in the medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry for Ohio.

Ohio Approves First Medical Marijuana Testing Lab

Dec 21, 2018
Legal Marijuana Oregon
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Ohio has approved the first testing lab for medical marijuana in the state.

Starting in January, people caught in Euclid with small amounts of marijuana will no longer be looking at six months in jail—and they have the podcast Serial to thank.

The city is reclassifying low-level marijuana possession as a minor misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of $150.

An environmental laboratory in Streetsboro is hoping to pass an inspection next week that will allow it to test medical marijuana.

Department of Commerce and State inspectors will visit North Coast Environmental Laboratory on December 19.

Spokesperson Joe Moorhead said the inspectors will be searching for everything the lab put in its application. If they fail, the lab can potentially lose its ability to achieve a medical marijuana license.