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The Miami Valley’s first medical marijuana dispensary held its grand opening Thursday. Mad River Remedies in Riverside offers 20 types of medical marijuana to registered patients with one of 21 state-approved medical conditions.

A classroom wall at the Cleveland School of Cannabis in Columbus.
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The Cleveland School of Cannabis has opened an educational facility in Columbus for workers in the medical marijuana industry, the second of its kind in Ohio.

The State Medical Board of Ohio has delayed  adding autism spectrum disorder and anxiety to the list of qualifying conditions for the medical marijuana program.

The board met June 12 in Columbus to consider adding several new medical conditions to the program.

The 12-member board rejected petitions to include depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder in Ohio’s medical cannabis program, said board spokesman Tessie Pollack. However, the board tabled the vote on anxiety and autism spectrum disorder, Pollack said.

The State Medical Board of Ohio may soon approve physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to treat anxiety and some symptoms of autism. Anxiety and autism were two of 110 petitions submitted to the board this year seeking approval for tretment with medical cannabis. A local physician was on the board and helped make the decisions. Be Well health reporter Marlene Harris-Taylor spoke with the doctor, Dr. Ted Parran, and joined Morning Edition host Amy Eddings to break down what this preliminary approval means for Ohioans.

The rush to see which medical marijuana dispensary would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio is over. About Wellness Ohio welcomed customers Tuesday morning, across the parking lot from Walmart, in Lebanon.

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

May 20, 2019
The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus.
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Ohio state lawmakers are expected to consider two bills that address procedures purported to reverse abortions. Neither method has been scientifically proven.

Soon-to-be-introduced legislation would require physicians and others who perform medication abortions to notify patients that it could be reversible. But the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned two years ago that the procedure is unproven and unethical.

Today on All Sides, the latest round of anti-abortion right campaigns and more on our Weekly Reporter Roundtable. 

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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Since February, patients in Illinois have been able to ditch their opioid prescriptions for 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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A panel of physicians recommended that the State Medical Board of Ohio vote next month to include anxiety and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use.

The attorneys general of 38 states and territories sent a letter to congressional leaders on Wednesday, urging them: Please, let us bank the money generated by the country's booming cannabis business.

Vape cartridges are on display durIng the CBD Express store grand opening in Salem, Ore.
Timothy J. Gonzalez / Associated Press

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 first of several medical marijuana dispensaries is about a month away from opening for business in Springfield. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC would be the first to open in Southwest Ohio. 

A few other dispensaries are already operating in other parts of the state. Some Dayton addiction centers say they have concerns as the dispensaries begin operations.

Adam Brezak, manager of the Cuyahoga Falls Herbology location, has worked with the company's branches in Illinois. The company is also opening a dispensary near Columbus.
Kabir Bhatia / WKSU

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Summit County is ready to open, in a storefront near Chapel Hill Mall. Herbology – which has more than a dozen dispensaries in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland – is awaiting state approval for its location in Cuyahoga Falls to begin supplying the drug to patients.

Terrasana is Central Ohio's first medical marijuana dispensary, and the 10th in the state.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

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.

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.

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