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Columbus City attorney Zach Klein says his prosecutors will stop seeking cash bonds for people charged with nonviolent misdemeanors.  

Columbus City Council has scheduled a public hearing this  evening on its goal of lowering the criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana. 

A program starting this month will give first-time, low-level drug offenders in Licking County the opportunity to avoid a felony indictment. 

Updated on Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. ET

The Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would reduce federal sentences for certain drug offenses and prepare prisoners for life after incarceration.

If the bill becomes law following passage in the House on Wednesday, a major reason will be the support it received from a surprising booster: President Trump.

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Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin says he is working on a proposal to reduce the criminal penalties for marijuana possession. 

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For the third time in four years, Ohio voters soundly rejected a constitutional amendment that cost supporters millions of dollars to put on the ballot. 

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Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich's backing of an Ohio ballot proposal to make most drug possession charges misdemeanors places the Republican stalwart at odds with many in his party. 

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An Ohio pastor who supported state issue one now says he has changed his mind. 

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Republican Ohio Attorney General and gubernatorial nominee Mike DeWine is opposing a November ballot issue aimed at reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, saying it would worsen the the state's opioid epidemic. 

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Republican Ohio Secretary of State and lieutenant governor candidate Jon Husted has announced the official title for the only statewide issue on the fall ballot.