Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 14, 2018) – Last week, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy announced the location of dozens of new medical marijuana dispensaries, taking another important step toward getting its medical marijuana program up and running and further nullifying the federal government’s unconstitutional cannabis prohibition in effect. Medical marijuana became officially legal in Ohio in…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan. 5, 2016) – On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that reforms asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The new law also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 19, 2016) – Last week, the Ohio Senate unanimously approved a bill that sets the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients. The legislation now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his consideration. Rep. Robert Sprague…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 15, 2016) – On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill into law banning most abortions after 20 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion prohibiting states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks. Sen. Peggy Lehner and Sen. Jay Hottinger sponsored Senate Bill 127 (SB127). The legislation bans abortions after 20 weeks…

Statewide efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio failed at the ballot box last year, but several cities pressed ahead, voting to decriminalize cannabis within their city limits. This takes a solid first step toward effectively nullifying prohibition in practice. Voters in the Ohio cities of Bellaire, Logan, Newark and Roseville all approved marijuana decriminalization measures…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Dec. 9, 2016) – Yesterday, the Ohio legislature gave final approval to a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without criminal charges in many cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to…

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2016) – An Ohio town will consider regulations on drones that may include limits on law enforcement surveillance. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the local level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, earlier this month, the…

Earlier this year, the Ohio House passed HB347 to reform asset forfeiture laws. The bill would prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in the majority of cases. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds. HB347 must…