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At least at some Southwest Ohio medical marijuana dispensaries, business has never been better despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Galenas in Akron harvested its third crop in February. It can complete four grows a year.
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You notice Galenas right away if you're driving down Main Street on Akron's east side. It's a modern, pyramid-shaped building with a wood-paneled façade, half a mile down the street from Bridgestone’s Akron tire center, nestled among car repair shops and surrounded by houses.

You can even catch a whiff of the roughly 750 marijuana plants growing inside.

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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An Ohio State Medical Board committee will once again consider anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for prescribing medical marijuana.

Have a Heart Cincy, the first medical marijuana dispensary in Cincinnati's city limits and the largest dispensary in Ohio, is now open in Hartwell. What makes it unique is it's owned and operated by members of a church congregation.

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss what to expect in Democratic politics, with the March primary election less than 10 weeks away. Democratic strategist Derrick Clay joins the show.

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State officials are planning to put in place stricter marijuana dispensary ownership rules as part of a larger proposal from the Ohio Pharmacy Board regarding multi-state operators.

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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Nearly 75,000 Ohioans have registered with the state to receive medical marijuana. Of those, just over 51,000 have actually purchased the product.

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The Ohio State Bar Association is hosting a Cannabis Law Conference in Columbus on Thursday.

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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In a rare display of bipartisanship in Washington, more than three-quarters of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to give marijuana-related businesses access to the federal banking system.

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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The state Medical Board has voted to reject petitions seeking to add anxiety and autism spectrum disorders as qualifying conditions for physicians to recommend medical marijuana to patients.

A handful of people near the beginning of the Verilife line Wednesday morning were already talking about how they hoped medical marijuana prices would come down with increased competition. The Cincinnati area's first dispensary just opened on Ridge Road in Columbia Township.

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A new patient advocate is being appointed to Ohio’s medical marijuana advisory board after House Speaker Larry Householder fired Bob Bridges from that post last week. Householder's new appointee has a business stake within the industry.

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Inside his Linden-area home, I ask Bob Bridges if he thinks he was removed from Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee for being vocal about his beliefs.

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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Since Ohio passed its medical marijuana law in 2016, very few growing sites, processing facilities and dispensaries have actually been approved by the state. This delay is slowing down the expansion of the cannabis industry. 

At a time when more than 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for either medical or recreational use, the U.S. surgeon general says no amount of the drug is safe for teens, young adults and pregnant women.

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