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On Friday, the Ohio Department of Commerce will stop accepting applications for its first crop of medical marijuana dispensary licenses. Although only 60 licenses will be issued, some industry insiders estimate that applications will number in the hundreds.

Two of Ohio’s newly licensed medical marijuana cultivators plan to open facilities in Akron, and several more could be coming to Northeast Ohio as well.

This building on North 20th Street was listed as a grow site on the small-scare growing application given provisional approval by the Ohio Dept. of Commerce.
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Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, including one that says it plans to open a grow site in Columbus' Milo-Grogan neighborhood.

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Although medical marijuana was legalized in Ohio last year, the program still faces many roadblocks. As the state begins to accept licensing applications to grow medical marijuana, some cities have welcomed the idea while others have passed moratoriums on the drug.  

Coming up, we're discussing the economics of growing, processing and selling of medical marijuana in Ohio. 

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A public comment period on strict new rules proposed for the use of medical marijuana in Ohio is ending.

As advocates for medical marijuana gather in Washington, D.C., on Friday for an annual conference, supporters of marijuana legalization are worried.

That's because new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been making tough comments about the drug, and there's a lot of uncertainty about how the Trump administration will enforce federal law.

Over his 20 years in the U.S. Senate, Jeff Sessions made no secret of his disdain for marijuana. In his new job as the nation's top federal law enforcement officer, his position on marijuana has not moderated.

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Two of the people who played a big part in the marijuana legalization plan rejected by Ohio voters in 2015 are planning to take a key role in Ohio’s new medical marijuana program.

The Justice Department may step up enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have voted to legalize its recreational use, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I do believe think you'll see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said, during his daily press briefing. He added that the Department of Justice will be looking into the issue further.

So far, more than half of all U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and eight (plus the District of Columbia) have legalized the drug for recreational use. Varieties of cannabis available today are more potent than ever and come in many forms, including oils and leaves that can be vaped, and lots of edibles, from brownies and cookies to candies — even cannabis gummy bears.

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Officials in a Newark where residents voted to eliminate criminal penalties for having small amounts of marijuana say they'll continue to charge and prosecute violators under state law instead.

The Ohio Supreme Court is resolving a conflict over laws meant to outlaw drugs sometimes known as bath salts or synthetic marijuana.

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Marysville-based Scotts Miracle Gro makes products to kill weeds. But recently, a subsidiary of Scotts purchased a Dutch company that makes products which are commonly used to grow marijuana.

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A key lawmaker says apparently unconstitutional portions of Ohio's medical marijuana law, which set aside a piece of the state's future pot business for minorities, were left in the bill during legislative debate to secure needed votes.

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Part of Ohio's new medical marijuana law that sets aside a piece of the state's budding pot business for minorities appears to be unconstitutional.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, though patients shouldn't expect to get it from dispensaries here anytime soon.

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