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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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Stepping into the small vestibule, visitors are immediately struck by a slightly musty, slightly skunky odor that provides a redolent clue about what's happening there.

The next clue: An employee takes your identification from behind bulletproof glass and doesn't give it back until you leave.

None of the 56 medical marijuana dispensaries planned for under the state’s new medical marijuana program are operating yet. But that’s not stopping some doctors from writing recommendations for patients who can ultimately use the drug when it does become available.

Auditor: Multiple Errors In Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

Sep 13, 2018

The state auditor says Ohio's process for selecting medical marijuana grower applicants suffered from numerous errors and inconsistencies.

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The director of Ohio's Department of Commerce says work continues to get the state's medical marijuana program fully up and running, but she's not sure when any pot will be available on dispensary shelves.

While Ohio blew past the deadline Saturday for rolling out its medical marijuana program, the pot industry is confident greener days are coming soon.

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New rules under Ohio’s new medical marijuana law, which takes effect Saturday, will leave some boutique shops and health stores without CBD (cannabidiol) oil. Used for ailments like pain and anxiety, CBD oil is one of their top-selling products.

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Products derived from marijuana that don’t contain THC, the chemical that produces a “high,” are being sold in stores throughout the state. Cannabidiol or CBD oil can be found in boutique shops and health food stores.

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More processing and testing facilities for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana program have been given provisional permits to proceed with their plans.

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The 12th congressional district special election remains  a toss up, with Republican Troy Balderson leading Democrat Danny O’Connor by more than 1,500 votes.  Our Weekly Reporter Roundtable talks about why a close race in a traditionally safe GOP stronghold matters. And, we get an update on the rollout of medical marijuana in Ohio.  

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The state has issued the first license for a large-scale medical marijuana cultivator under Ohio’s medical marijuana program.

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Amid delays in the state's medical marijuana program, Cleveland School of Cannabis is holding an open house in Columbus on Friday for people interested in working in the industry. 

Ohio’s medical marijuana program has seen court challenges by rejected applicants, inspections issues, and other problems. And now there’s yet another delay in the program, which was supposed to be up and running in less than two months.

Jean Gould, owner of Care Med with her partner and pharmacist Linda Schlemmer, hope to open their Cincinnati medical marijuana dispensary in October. "We have an awful lot to do between now and then," Gould says. "The amount of regulation is actually great."

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For the first time, a company has been given the go-ahead to start growing marijuana in Ohio. The group just received an official cultivator license from the state.

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET.

President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions.

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