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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.

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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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In this week's Snollygoster, Ohio's political podcast from WOSU Public Media, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss how the Ohio House finally quieted the storm over the next speaker. The calm should last, oh, about six months.

Meanwhile, qualifying patients hoping for some green relief likely won't be getting medical marijuana by the state's September deadline.

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The state’s medical marijuana program is not going to be ready for patients on the scheduled start date on September 8. And there's no clear idea on when it will begin.

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Ohio said Tuesday that it will not have medical marijuana available by the September 8 deadline.

Ohio has licensed 56 locations that can sell medical marijuana once it becomes legal this fall, including five in Franklin County.

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