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Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jan 8, 2018
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Ohio Republican Josh Mandel on Friday abruptly bowed out of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He said that an undisclosed health issue facing his wife would require his full attention outside of his current role as state treasurer. The surprise announcement leaves Republicans without a top contender to take on Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in 2018.  We'll tackle that and also how Jeff Sessions's new marijuana policy affect Ohio.  

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman speaks at a press conference of law enforcement officials with updates on the investigation into the Ohio State attack in November 2016.
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A memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gives federal attorneys more freedom in how they enforce marijuana regulations, but Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, says that won’t change his approach here.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

In guidance issued Thursday, Sessions rescinded those policies and instead will permit individual U.S. attorneys to decide how aggressively to go after marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime.

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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. 

Reporter Roundtable

Dec 18, 2017

Republican and Democratic hopefuls for the 2018 Ohio gubernatorial election alike pick up endorsements, running mates, and supporters as the year comes to a close. Also on appearing on the 2018 ballot could be the "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" initiative to legalize the sale and possession of marijuana.

We'll discuss these topics and more of the latest in state and national news with our panel of reporters.

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Dozens of public officials and advocates gathered in Yellow Springs Thursday to break ground on Ohio’s first medical marijuana-cultivation site.

The project is one of a dozen across Ohio licensed by the state just two weeks ago, and it moves forward amid questions over the fairness of state’s medical cannabis licensing process.

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.

Medical Marijuana in Ohio

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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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