Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US OH: Pharmacy Board Out As Sole Medical Marijuana Regulator

    Dayton Daily News, 25 May 2016 - Proposal Scrapped Over Concerns About Burden on the State. COLUMBUS (AP) - A legislative proposal to regulate medical marijuana through Ohio's pharmacy board was scrapped Tuesday over concerns the rare setup nationally would create an undue burden on the state.
  2. US OH: PUB LTE: Legalize Marijuana Based on War on Drugs

    Times Recorder, 21 May 2016 - The House just passed a medical marijuana measure and an initiative will likely be on the ballot in November. While I believe marijuana should be legalized, this initiative and the legislation being considered by the Senate should be rejected since people who don't use marijuana will be forced to pay taxes to support a state commission the law creates. We already have too many bureaucrats in Columbus to support. Too often politicians create high-paying jobs for their friends, at taxpayers' expense, by creating new state agencies when we urgently need to prune the bloated state government. Medical marijuana, Marinol, is already available by prescription so why is this initiative or legislation needed?
  3. US OH: Patients Could Get Medical Marijuana From Out-Of-State

    Columbus Dispatch, 18 May 2016 - As it nears a potential vote next week on medical marijuana, the Senate today made a number of bill changes, including those that seek to speed up the implementation and give Ohioans immediate access to the drug. A chief complaint of the House-passed bill among medical marijuana proponents was Ohioans would have to wait for up to two years before getting access to the drug while regulations, farms and distributors were established.
  4. US OH: LTE: Marijuana Smoking A Gateway

    The Blade, 13 May 2016 - Because the people of Ohio will support the medical marijuana bill, I hope they are ready to build more rehabilitation facilities when more people turn to heroin. When you ask these people who use heroin, they tell you they got started with marijuana. Now they say it is only for medicinal purposes, but everybody knows people will be using it for recreational purposes, and more people will be dying from heroin. And we will still be losing the battle.
  5. US OH: House Oks Medical Marijuana Bill

    Columbus Dispatch, 11 May 2016 - With a proposed constitutional amendment on the horizon, the House voted 71-26 on Tuesday to potentially make Ohio the 26th state to give residents legal access to medical marijuana. Some members expressed reluctance about the bill - a vote on which would have been near unfathomable just a few years ago - but after hearing of the drug's benefits and facing the prospect of a less-restrictive constitutional amendment on the November ballot, the bill was sent to the Senate. Hearings will start this morning.
  6. US OH: Ohio House Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11 May 2016 - COLUMBUS - In the biggest shift in state drug policy in decades, the Ohio House voted 71-26 on Tuesday to legalize marijuana for medical use only. The bill heads to the Senate, where hearings will begin today. Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger voiced confidence that a bill could reach Gov. John Kasich's desk before the General Assembly recesses for the summer before Memorial Day.
  7. US OH: Dealing With Heroin

    Morning Journal, 10 May 2016 - Detective Discusses Epidemic During Senior Coffee Hour Waging a war on drugs in Lorain County hasn't been an easy task and there's still plenty of work to be done, according to Detective Gregg Mehling with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force.
  8. US OH: Column: Pot Laws And Attitudes Are All Over The Map

    Columbus Dispatch, 10 May 2016 - You might not like President Barack Obama's political philosophy or leadership style, but you have to admit that he is one cool president. If you're unconvinced, consider his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30. His poise and charm were on full display, and his comedic timing was impeccable.
  9. US OH: Experts: Public Opinion Of Addiction Shifts

    Dayton Daily News, 08 May 2016 - Society Goes From Racist Approach to Empathy. The Rev. Mike Starks witnessed the destruction of crack cocaine, but not from the sidelines - he was a self-described gangster and drug addict before he became a minister.