Ohio

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…

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…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2016) – Medical marijuana officially became legal in Ohio today, marking the step forward toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice. Rep. Stephen Huffman (R) introduced House Bill 523 (HB523) on April 14. The legislation sets in motion the creation of a limited medical marijuana program in Ohio.…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 10, 2016) – A resolution reasserting the Tenth Amendment’s role in restraining the federal government was approved last month by the Ohio state Senate. Sponsored by Sen. Larry Obhof (R) and Sen. Keith Faber (R), Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 (SCR15) serves as a “notice to the federal government to end federal mandates…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 9, 2016) – On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state. This takes a big step toward nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on cannabis in practice. Rep. Stephen Huffman (R) introduced House Bill 523 (HB523) on April 14. The legislation sets in motion the creation of a…

COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 30, 2016) – Last week, the Ohio House passed a bill that would reform asset forfeiture laws to 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…