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Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Could Marijuana Be Made Legal in Ohio Next Year?

By Tyler Buchanan Will marijuana become fully legalized in Ohio next year? That’s the hope of a group behind the proposed “Amendment to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.” The group recently submitted initial paperwork to the Ohio Attorney General office for this constitutional amendment to appear on the 2020 General Election ballot in November.  The amendment, if […]

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Ohio May Raise Gun Ownership Age from 18 to 21

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio May Raise Gun Ownership Age from 18 to 21

By Susan Tebben A bill with bipartisan sponsorship making its way through the Ohio legislature aims to raise the age for gun ownership from 18 to 21. Senate Bill 182 would also increase the maximum amount of prison time and fines attached to the charge of “improperly furnishing a firearm to an underage person.” Under the proposed […]

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Ohio Law Allowing Dogs on Patios Goes Into Effect this Month

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Ohio Law Allowing Dogs on Patios Goes Into Effect this Month

Canis non grata no longer — dogs will soon be allowed to accompany their owners on Ohio’s restaurant patios. House Bill 263, which passed back in June, will effectively lift the ban on patio pups on Oct. 29. As it was, the law prohibited live animals, with the exception of service animals and police dogs, […]

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New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine New Marijuana Laws Could Bring Criminal Justice Reform to Ohio

As Ohio slowly moves toward implementing its medical marijuana program this fall — and full legalization could potentially be on the ballot next year — it’s worth looking into how criminal justice reforms are being enacted around the nation with the plant’s newfound legal status, and how these same reforms could possibly come to the […]

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Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Council to Hear Proposed Legislation to Regulate Panhandling

On Wednesday, June 20 Columbus City Council will hold a public hearing to present an overview of proposed legislation to address panhandling in Columbus. It’s been a year since the Columbus Police Department stopped enforcing restrictions on panhandling. Since then, local residents have observed a steady uptick in panhandling activities and related aggressive behavior; in […]

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Can Medical Marijuana Help Combat Ohio’s Opioid Crisis?

Travis Irvine Travis Irvine Can Medical Marijuana Help Combat Ohio’s Opioid Crisis?

As medical marijuana becomes a talking point of Ohio’s 2018 election season, some candidates are questioning whether or not our soon-to-be-launched program will help fight the state’s opioid crisis, and if Ohio should go the way of full marijuana legalization. In 2016, the state legislature also considered the possibilities of what the new medical marijuana […]

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Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Charter Review Committee Recommends Nine-Member District-At-Large Council

The Charter Review Committee, charged last September with the task of assessing and developing a recommendation for the composition and operations of Columbus City Council, released its recommended legislation this week. If approved, a “District-At-Large” form of council would be implemented, vacancy appointments would see a longer, more public process, and every resident would have […]

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