Dems take aim at legalized marijuana

BY: - August 1, 2021

Two Democrats plan to bring up the legalization of recreational marijuana, while also trying to cancel out past criminal convictions related to marijuana. State Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, introduced a new bill to decriminalize marijuana, along with creating a marijuana excise tax, commerce and licensing in the industry and appropriations for […]

Mailbag: We might not know who won Ohio on Election Day. Here’s why.

BY: - October 15, 2020

There is Supreme Court confirmation drama underway in Washington, D.C., but the necessity of reading the Ohio Capital Journal is a well-established super-precedent. It’s time for the Mailbag:  Got a question about Ohio politics or the elections? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Do mail-in votes and in-person early votes both start […]

Mailbag: DeWine impeachment, legalized cannabis and local news coverage

BY: - August 27, 2020

The first clue came last Sunday evening. “Big News OHIO,” State Rep. Nino Vitale posted to his Facebook page. “9 am Tomorrow Right Here.” His large social media following got excited. Some thought Vitale was announcing a run for governor. Others presumed it had something to do with Gov. Mike DeWine; Vitale has been on […]

Ohio House Dem wants to eliminate cannabis prohibitions

BY: - May 18, 2020

State Representative Juanita Brent, D-Cleveland, announced legislation Friday that would repeal criminal prohibitions for possession and trafficking of cannabis, and vacate cannabis possession criminal sentences, expunging such offenses from the record. “It is about time we stop criminalizing a plant (Cannabis),” Brent said. “Our police should be focusing their time and resources on more serious […]

Ohio crime lab can now differentiate between marijuana/hemp, THC oil and CBD oil

BY: - April 30, 2020

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Thursday that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) now has the ability to measure THC content in suspected marijuana or THC oil, which previously could not be differentiated by law enforcement from hemp or CBD oil. In a release, Yost said BCI has completed the validation of new […]

Ballot amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio submitted for review

BY: - March 4, 2020

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 passed, would […]


Understanding how criminal records are sealed

BY: and - February 14, 2020

Eligible offenders convicted of certain types of crimes can ask the court to expunge, or seal, their convictions. If the court seals a conviction, that conviction is no longer in the public record. Courts seal records so that eligible offenders can move on with their lives without the stigma of a criminal conviction. Qualifying for […]

Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic faces closure

BY: - January 8, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Access to abortion. The Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky is reporting that Cincinnati’s last abortion clinic could close. “Ohio […]