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Dr. Lee Hannah

The state announced a dozen marijuana-cultivation licenses for locations across Ohio.
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In 2016, Ohio became the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, the state has been trying to implement the program, but that process hasn’t been entirely smooth. Many local municipalities have been reluctant to get on board.

WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with Wright State University political science professor Dr. Lee Hannah about the state’s progress and how a recent announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions may affect Ohio’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

The Ohio Department of Commerce recently awarded Cresco Labs one of a dozen highly competitive medical marijuana cultivation licenses.
Cresco Labs

The city of Huber Heights has passed a moratorium on medical marijuana. It’s the latest on a growing list of Miami Valley cities that have already passed their own bans following Ohio’s legalization of medical pot in 2016.

Huber Heights joins Beavercreek, Miamisburg, Oakwood, and Springboro in banning the cultivation and retail sale of medical marijuana within city limits. Huber Heights’ decision follows U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent proposal to change how the federal government handles legalized marijuana.  

The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Rob Portman and Former Governor Ted Strickland is one of the most closely watched in the country. WYSO’s April Laissle sat down with Wright State University political science professor Dr. Lee Hannah to talk about how the race has played out so far and what to expect next.