Marijuana legalization


Ballot campaigns in Ohio have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on their right to relaxed signature-gathering rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Ohio Attorney General has rejected petition language for a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana. 

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio have submitted one thousand petition signatures to the Attorney General's office.

Ohio's Governor says he remains opposed to  legalizing recreational marijuana use. 

Cincinnati City Council has voted to decriminalize up to 100 grams of marijuana possession for recreational 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.

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, one of half a dozen Democratic senators running for the White House, is reintroducing a bill on Thursday that would fundamentally end the federal government's prohibition on marijuana.

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Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray held the first of three planned gubernatorial debates on Wednesday in Dayton. 

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The Ohio Ballot Board has certified a petition for another proposed initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. 

On a big-sky plateau on the eastern slope of the Cascades, a 10-acre parcel of land has been trashed by illicit pot farmers. Abandoned equipment rusts and jugs of chemicals molder.

Marijuana legalization wasn't supposed to look like this.

Five years into its experiment with legal, regulated cannabis, Washington state is finding that pot still attracts criminals.

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana have passed the first big hurdle in that process. 

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The state has rejected a petition submitted by backers of a ballot issue to legalize marijuana.

The Marysville-based Scotts company says in a news release it has agreed to purchase Washington state-based Sunlight Supply Incorporated, America's largest distributor of hydroponics products. 

Last week, John Boehner, the retired congressman from Ohio and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced on Twitter that he was getting into the weed game:

"I'm joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved," Boehner wrote. "I'm convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities."

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Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says he's had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization. 

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The U.S. Attorney General has rescinded an Obama Administration policy that made is possible for legal marijuana to become a reality in some states.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

In guidance issued Thursday, Sessions rescinded those policies and instead will permit individual U.S. attorneys to decide how aggressively to go after marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime.

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Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year.

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Backers of a marijuana legalization ballot issue being announced today have tried to get Ohio voters to approve of the idea in the past.

Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill has announced he will run for governor next year.

Nipton, Calif., 60 miles south of Las Vegas, isn't convenient to much.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill says it's time for the state to decriminalize marijuana.

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The backers of the failed 2015 state ballot measure to legalize medical and recreational marijuana are now proposing to build a large growing and manufacturing facility in Wilmington.

Newark officials say police will continue to charge and prosecute under state law residents who posses small amounts of marijuana.

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Fifty-three percent of Newark voters yesterday approved a proposal to eliminate penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

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The Licking County Board of Elections says backers of an effort to decriminalize marijuana have collected enough valid petition signatures to get on the November ballot.

Backers of a plan to ask Newark voters to decriminalize marijuana have turned in 2 thousand petition signatures to get the issue on the November ballot.

The mayor of Vermillion says a police captain placed on leave for wearing a pin on his uniform supporting marijuana legalization has been fired for several departmental violations.

The group seeking to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana has more than half a million dollars in campaign cash on hand.

Ohio voters have a chance to legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use this fall.