Author: Casey Hippenhammer

A Few Words About Medical Marijuana in Ohio…

On November 4, 2015, members of the coalition felt a sense of relief.  The results of voting on ballot issue 3 came in and citizens voted down the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. After all, Ohio would have been the first state east of the Mississippi River to legalize recreational marijuana, and it did not seem the state was prepared to handle the immense work this legalization would create. However, since that time, medical marijuana was legalized here. The laws surrounding this can be confusing. Already, officers in Lebanon have interacted with many people in possession of marijuana who claim “it’s ok because it’s legal now.” We want to provide Ohioans with accurate information about the medical marijuana legalization to keep you and your kids safe. Here are 5 things to know about marijuana laws in Ohio: Medical marijuana was legalized in July 2016, but you cannot use medical marijuana here yet. The processes, such as licensing doctors and creating accountability systems for grow sites are estimated to be completed in September 2018. Until then, laws in our state and the surrounding states do not allow for medical marijuana to be used here. A person with a recommendation for medical marijuana cannot smoke medical marijuana. It may be vaporized or consumed. A person cannot cultivate or grow medical marijuana for personal use. Employers can establish and maintain drug free workplace...

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Take Action on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Each fall and spring, community coalitions and businesses participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back day, where you can gather and dispose your unused or expired prescriptions with the help of local law enforcement. Typically, you’ll find a site at a local grocery store, pharmacy, or businesses from 10am – 2pm. This year on Saturday, October 22nd, there are two registered sites in Warren County: 1. At the Lebanon Kroger on 1425 Columbus Ave. Lebanon, OH 45036 from 10am – 2pm 2. At the Franklin FallFest on 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin, OH 45005 from 11am – 2pm Many people...

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