The full Cincinnati City Council could vote Wednesday to decriminalize the possession of marijuana in the city.

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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Medical marijuana is still a new sight around Ohio, but the conversation is already shifting. Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, and he's taking the first step Thursday night at a public hearing in Council chambers.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
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CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. government says they're illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products. The confusion has the nation's two largest states, along with Ohio, moving to legalize the cannabis compound that many see as beneficial to their health.

The Ohio Senate has voted unanimously to legalize hemp and related products, including CBD oil.

Terrasana is Central Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensary, and the 10th in the state.
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Customers lined up as early as 6 a.m. for the opening of Columbus’ first medical marijuana dispensary Tuesday morning. Terrasana on Grandview Avenue is the 10th dispensary operating in the state.

Emily Ramach inside Terrasana, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Columbus.
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Emily Ramach guides a tour through Terrasana – the first medical marijuana dispensary in Columbus.

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.

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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.