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Columbus City Council votes Monday night on a plan to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city code.

Body camera footage shows of a Columbus Police Officer who punched a man on Heyl Avenue last week.
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UPDATE: On June 28, City Attorney Zach Klein dismissed charges against Jonathan Robinson. Read our original story below.

A weekend incident on Columbus’ South Side is forcing city officials and residents to once again wrestle with the lines of justifiable use of force by police officers.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
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Medical marijuana is still a new sight around Ohio, but the conversation is already shifting. Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, and he's taking the first step Thursday night at a public hearing in Council chambers.

Members of the Complete County Committee include city and county representatives. They are tasked with ensuring comprehensive data collection for the 2020 census.
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City of Columbus and Franklin County officials announced a new 2020 Census committee on Wednesday tasked with ensuring all residents are counted.

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Columbus Council chambers buzzed last Thursday as finalists jockeying for two vacancies got ready to make their pitches to sitting members. It’s the first time Council members are conducting public hearings ahead of a vacancy appointment.

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As Ohio’s medical marijuana program comes closer to bearing fruit, Columbus leaders hope to join the growing number of U.S. cities decriminalizing recreational marijuana.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

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The city of Columbus is jumping into the fray after the Franklin County Board of Elections decided not to advertise for early voting.

In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, an assortment of firearms are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill.
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Columbus City Council has signed off on a slate of proposals intended to curb gun violence. The ordinances enjoyed the support of all council members, and easily passed 6-0 in the Monday night vote.

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Columbus voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a measure to change the structure of Columbus City Council. But the changes won't kick in until 2024.

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and city leaders sent an open letter to Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday, demanding the Ohio legislature restore the rights of cities to enact gun control measures.

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The city of Columbus is making strides in staffing up its police department, as the city continues to see a record number of homicides. Mayor Andrew Ginther announced on Wednesday that the city plans to add 30 additional police recruits to its 2018 recruit classes. 

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Columbus City Council has selected its first openly gay president. Shannon Hardin ascended to the post Tuesday night after being picked by his colleagues in a 4-2 vote.

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At Monday's meeting, Columbus City Council voted to table long awaited plans for redistricting the city government. A committee appointed by Mayor Andrew Ginther spent several months preparing a recommendation, but in the end, it did not appear to win the support of constituents.