Ohio Marijuana News

EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) – One Kentucky family thought they had reached a dead end. Doctors said there was no medicine that could treat their young son, Eli Wooton, of his severe epilepsy until they learned of the healing powers of one controversial plant.

“I would just go over to the bed side and all I could do is cry,” said Eli’s mother Rita Wooton, “and pray ‘Lord, you have two options: you either take him right now because this is no quality of life for him to live, or you leave him and you fix this.’”

The Wooton family was at a dead end with no hope in sight. No medicine or medical treatment could cure Eli of his severe epilepsy.

But little did they know their hope would sprout up from the ground, and the cure they had been so desperately looking for would come from a natural plant.

Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated crops known to man and it is no stranger to Indiana. In 1930, it was the third largest crop grown in the state. And in 1940, there were six hemp processing plants in Indiana alone.

Hemp was outlawed in 1970  because it is a cannabis-based plant that contains low amounts of THC commonly found in marijuana.

“But the difference is in the THC and the fiber and quality of the stalk,” said Wilson. “But the main thing is the 0.3 THC, and there is no psychoactive effect.”

Hemp is a renewable resource that can be used to make food fuel and fiber and now has healing abilities that are shocking the nation.

Eli is now 7 years old. Two years ago, he couldn’t talk or get through a day without having dozens of seizures. He was battling a rare form of severe epilepsy.


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Here is a sampling of Alaska editorials:

May 22, 2017

Ketchikan Daily News: Moonlighting

Common sense is a prerequisite for serving in Alaska law enforcement.

Alaska likes to see it, and in most cases does. But, apparently, not in all cases. Or potentially not in all cases.

The Alaska Police Standards Council received word of police officers thinking about moonlighting with marijuana shops and cultivation facilities.

The council’s guidance was sought by its executive director.

This became an issue only because marijuana shops started opening in October after a November 2014 election in which voters passed an initiative legalizing commercial marijuana.

But the marijuana industry is off limits to Alaska’s law enforcement, according to the council that oversees police.

All marijuana conduct is incompatible with the law enforcement profession, the council has clarified. Alaska statute prohibits law enforcement from using, possessing, transporting and/or manufacturing marijuana.

Alaska officers also are expected to follow the law, and federal law regards marijuana as an illegal controlled substance.

When a new business opportunity opens up, it isn’t unusual for people to consider it as a way of making a living. Police officers, too, but if they’re serious about their current profession it seems unlikely they would seriously consider delving into the marijuana industry.

They are asked to deal too frequently with the consequences of drug abuse.


May 18, 2017

Peninsula Clarion: Lawmaker’s lack of compassion a cause for concern

Rep. David Eastman, a Republican from Wasilla, this week introduced a measure that would legally define abortion as murder.

In addition to criminalizing abortion, the measure, titled the Alaska Life at Conception Act, would forbid a woman from traveling outside of Alaska to obtain an abortion, remove the right to privacy for a woman seeking an abortion, and limit challenges to the measure should

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — State excise police this week raided a shop in a city mall and seized fruit gum candies and other items with a marijuana-derived oil sometimes used to lessen seizures.

Authorities said they also found a small amount of marijuana in the tobacco shop. The shop is listed as a women’s clothing store in its online profile.

Nirvana, 2338 25th St., was cited Monday on preliminary charges of being a public nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of counterfeit controlled substance. Search warrants were served Monday at the store in Fair Oaks Mall and at the home of the owner, Tulsidas G. Narsinghani, on Columbus’ north side.

At the shop, authorities seized several cannabidiol oil products “including liquid, capsules, gummy bears, paper documents, drug paraphernalia, a small amount of suspected marijuana, and over $20,000 U.S. currency,” said a news release from Cpl. Heather L. Lynch, an Indiana State Excise Police public information officer.

The charges will be forwarded to the state Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s prosecutor for review.

In May, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1148, which establishes a cannabidiol program for patients with severe seizure disorders. The law allows patients with a physician’s certification to access cannabis oils containing less than 0.3 percent of  tetrahydrocannabinol — also known as THC. However, this law does not allow tobacco certificate holders to possess or sell cannabidiol oils.

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – City Council could roll back a moratorium on cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes, a step viewed as necessary to avoid shutting Cleveland out of potentially lucrative tax gains. 

City Council introduced a bill Monday evening that would eliminate cultivation from the existing moratorium, but leave in place bans on processing of marijuana into medical products and the establishment of dispensaries for selling the marijuana products.  

“I’m suggesting to do that just to not lock us out of the growing process,” City Council President Kevin Kelley told members in a midday caucus meeting. 

Ohio’s medical marijuana law, passed in June 2016, allows people with one of 21 medical conditions to buy and use marijuana if recommended by a physician.

The state has been drawing up rules for regulating it. Those rules must be done by Sept. 8. The operation of medical marijuana businesses – growing, processing and dispensaries – is slated to be underway by September 2018. 

For a community like Cleveland, a growing operation is attractive because it could employ several people in well paying jobs and generate thousands of dollars in tax revenues as a business.  

In Boston, where there are two medical marijuana growing sites governed under Massachusetts laws, the city gathered several million dollars last year in taxes, according to City Council research. 

Ohio intends to issue 24 licenses, half for smaller operations with no more than 3,000 square feet of growing space and half for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space. The application process opens on June 5 and will be closed by the end of the month. 

Growing sites must be indoors in buildings not located within 500 feet of restricted areas, such as schools, churches and libraries. The sites will be regulated by the state. There will be no growing

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice says it’s time to decriminalize marijuana, Justice O’Neill, a democrat holding an Ohio statewide office, said making marijuana legal is working in Colorado and doing it in Ohio would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes.  O’Neill also announced earlier this year that he’s considering stepping down and making a run for governor, but he doesn’t plan on making a decision until the end of the year.

According to U.S. News:

“The time has come for new thinking,” O’Neill said in his prepared remarks. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.”

He said the Democratic Party needs new ideas in 2018 if it wants knock off Republicans who control all branches of Ohio government.

O’Neill wants to see the Ohio Department of Mental Health re-open the network of state hospitals that were closed decades ago and change how the state deals with addiction.

“Treat addiction like the disease it is in the name of compassion,” he said.

To give a little background, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation into law establishing regulations for the licensed production and dispensing of medical cannabis formulations to qualified patients almost a year ago.

In a recent opinion piece Ashley Bunton of the Record Herald had this to say about this matter in Ohio, and we couldn’t agree with her more!

Now that the war on marijuana has failed epically, communities must collectively come together and move forward to assure a vibrant and positive future for Ohio. The people need to voice and lobby for the communities, not the state and a select few, to control the industry. The people can use this industry to heal and transform their issues on their own without the long-reaching arm of the government writing

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A candidate for Ohio’s governorship next year and longtime liberal voice on the state Supreme Court has thrown his support behind full-on cannabis legalization in the state and is advocating for the release of “all non-violent marijuana offenders” from prison, according to a report from CleveScene.

Judge William O’Neill made the comments during remarks at a Wayne County Democratic Party meeting.

“The time has come for new thinking,” O’Neill said during the appearance. “We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.”

He estimated that a legal cannabis market in Ohio could be worth as much as $350 million which could help bridge budget gaps, and provide mental health and drug addiction services.

“Treat addiction like the disease it is in the name of compassion,” he said in an Associated Press report.

O’Neill’s position contrasts the current governor and former Republican presidential contender, John Kasich, who has publicly shot down questions about legalizing recreational cannabis in the state. It’s been nearly one year since Kasich signed the state’s medical cannabis bill and almost nine months since it took effect; however the final rules were just released in April and no companies have been licensed, meaning patients are still waiting for relief.

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A New York man convicted of smuggling about 880 pounds (400 kilograms) of marijuana on commercial flights from San Francisco to North Carolina has been sentenced to 24 years in federal prison.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2rbZrcq ) that 38-year-old Lavon Williams was sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say Williams made at least 11 round trips between San Francisco and Charlotte between October 2014 and February 2015, carrying about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of the drug aboard each flight.

Court records show a co-conspirator was arrested in February 2015 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport with marijuana. And authorities say they’re still seeking two others wanted in connection with the smuggling ring.

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WARREN — A company looking to open a medical marijuana growing facility in the city has been meeting with the administration and council members in an effort to garner local support.

The company, Patient Relief of Ohio, along with Mayor Doug Franklin and Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamessa, met with council members on a two-by-two basis to outline their proposal to bring a growing facility into the city, Cantalamessa said.

The administration is expected to give its support to the company’s effort to open the facility when city council meets Wednesday, Cantalamessa said.

Patient Relief of Ohio is a for-profit, limited liability company incorporated April 13 with the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. The company’s statutory agent, attorney Brian M. Taubman of Cleveland, could not be reached for comment.

Cantalamessa would not release the name of the company’s representative who met with the majority of the council members, saying the company should be able to present its own plans.

When questioned by the Tribune Chronicle, most of council’s 10 members said they could not remember the representative’s name nor could they find the business cards that may have had the company’s address and telephone number.

“We were told it may bring between 60 and 70 jobs to the city,” said Councilman Mark Forte, D-4th Ward.

“There will be tight security around the facility 24 hours, seven days a week,” he said.

Ohio House Bill 523 legalized the use, cultivation and sale of medical marijuana through licensed dispensaries in the state beginning Sept. 8, 2016. The bill also allows municipalities to set their own rules and limits on the growth, processing and selling of the drug.

Ohio’s Department of Commerce will begin taking applications for licenses in June and begin reviewing them in July. People with any one of 21 medical

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Deschutes County finds itself in the middle of a marijuana tug of war just two and half years since Measure 91 legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon.

The Bend Bulletin reported (http://bit.ly/2qQqC9C ) Saturday that due to its unique farmland setup, and its restrictive, discretionary rules governing the growing of marijuana outside of city limits, Deschutes County is in the middle of battles over how, when and where plant owners can grow and produce the crop.

Deschutes County Commissioner Tony DeBone says rules established by the county in 2016 help balance the needs of marijuana growers looking to set up shop in rural parts of the county.

Both DeBone and Community Development Director for Deschutes County Nick Lelack say Deschutes County is open to revisiting its rules on marijuana production.

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Published: Mon, May 22, 2017 @ 9:23 p.m.


Boardman trustees approved a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the township.

Trustees said they had no issue with legislation allowing the cultivation and processing of medical marijuana, but they don’t have enough information for retail dispensing. The temporary ban will only last a year as more information about retail dispensaries is sought.

“I think we’re doing our due diligence and we’re keeping an eye on how the law basically develops in the state and this is a good way to kind of slowly follow how this develops,” said township Administrator Jason Loree.

Ohio House Bill 523, which legalized medical marijuana statewide, took effect last September. The medical-marijuana program is set to be fully operational by September 2018. In the meantime, the law allows Ohioans with certain medical conditions to obtain marijuana from other states, such as Michigan.

Other local governments in the Mahoning Valley, including Youngstown, Poland Village, Hubbard City and Campbell and Austintown townships, have already started discussions on either allowing or prohibiting medical marijuana.

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