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Next step taken in Ohio medical marijuana: 5 things you should know

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 8:23 AM

What to know about the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio

Ohioans are a little closer to having access to medical marijuana.

The state on Thursday released the list of 12 companies that were granted large-scale cultivation licenses, out of a pool of 109 that applied. 

The awards come nearly a month after the state announced licenses for 11 small-scale growers out of a pool of 76 applicants.

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Here are five things to know:

1. Who else is like Ohio? Twenty-nine states have legalized medical use of marijuana and eight states have approved it for recreational use. Marijuana is still classified as a prohibited controlled substance under federal law with no recognized medical uses.

2. Controlling the process. The Medical Marijuana Control Program is jointly managed by the commerce department, pharmacy board and state medical board. Regulators have been busy writing rules and guidelines for growers, processors, testing labs, dispensaries, patients and caregivers as well as reviewing and scoring applications for licenses.

3. Who can have it? The law stipulates that patients meet one of 21 conditions to be allowed to use medical marijuana. The law that authorizes use by patients with 21 conditions, including cancer or chronic pain, in the form of edibles, oils, patches and vaporizing. Patients and their caregivers will be allowed to possess up to a 90-day supply. Smoking or home growing is barred.

4. 2 awarded in the area. Two companies were granted licenses to grow medical marijuana in the Miami Valley pm Thursday, one near Springfield and one in Yellow Springs. A company that planned to locate a growing facility in Carlisle was not among those approved.

5. The next step? The state will be granting licenses to companies looking to operate dispensaries. The state is reviewing 370 applications for up to 60 dispensary licenses. Private lab license applications are due Dec. 8, and processor license applications are due Dec. 15. The entire program, which is expected to be funded by fees, is required to be fully operational by Sept. 8, 2018. 

Local NAACP members, church leaders stay encouraged in light of hospital closing

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:29 AM

Local NAACP and church leaders said they are encouraged by “assurances” by Premier Health in the wake of the planned closing of Good Samaritan Hospital.

A community forum on the issue set for Feb. 10 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church is one reason for that encouragement, said Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward. 

RELATED: Premier Health, UnitedHealthcare have contract deal 

The community must “find a pathway forward,” said Corey Cunningham, founder and senior pastor of The Inspiration Church on Philadephia Drive. 

Foward and Cunningham expressed those concerns this morning at a news conference three days after officials from Premier Health - the hospital’s parent company - announced the closing of the hospital that has been a northwest Dayton anchor for nearly a century. 

Premier CEO Mary Boosalis said Wednesday Good Samaritan Hospital will close its doors by the end of the year and move 1,600 jobs out of the northeast Dayton neighborhood, where it been located on Philadelphia Drive since the late 1920s. 

RELATED: Local leaders ‘saddened’ by announced hospital closing 

Boosalis called the closing a “most difficult but necessary decision.” It was one that shocked many in the community and Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said “we are gravely concerned about an exit of that anchoring presence.” 

Premier said its goal is to offer all employees other positions in the company. But that isn’t much solace for the neighborhood around the massive complex, which was first constructed in 1928 and added onto many times since.

Crews battle structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over 2 hours

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 8:58 AM

UPDATE @ 10:54 a.m: Fire crews have been on scene of a structure fire at AK Steel in Middletown for over two hours, but appear to have the situation under control, according to dispatch.

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The incident was initially reported as heavy smoke coming from the structure in the 3400 block of Lefferson Road around 8:30 a.m.

Officials battled the fire that included molten metal reportedly flowing through the building and the second floor concrete collapsing at one point, causing crews to be removed from the first floor, per reports. 
No word on injuries. 

We are still working to learn what caused the fire’s start.

UPDATE @ 9:23 a.m: Crews continue to battle a massive fire at AK Steel in Middletown that occurred Saturday morning.

The address to the fire has been updated to the 3400 block of Lefferson Road, according to officials.

We are still working to learn details on the fire and will keep this story updated. 

INITIAL REPORT

Multiple fire crews are responding to the 1800 block of Crawford Street on a structure fire at AK Steele in Middletown, per initial reports. 

The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m., and is reportedly escalating.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with additional details. 

The 2018 Dayton Women’s March will take place today 

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 9:46 AM

Police said nearly 3,000 people came to the Dayton Women's Sister March at Courthouse Square on Saturday, Jan. 21. LYNN HULSEY/Staff
HANDOUT/Lynn Hulsey
Police said nearly 3,000 people came to the Dayton Women's Sister March at Courthouse Square on Saturday, Jan. 21. LYNN HULSEY/Staff(HANDOUT/Lynn Hulsey)

The 2018 Dayton Women’s March will take place today, January 20.

RELATED: Dayton Women’s March 2017

The event, which will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at Courthouse Square (23 N. Main Street) is being organized by Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance, along with Dayton Indivisible for All and others.

The 2018 rally is designed to engage and empower all people to support women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, disability rights, and many others seeking equality. 

RELATED: Thousands rally in Dayton as part of women’s march events

Though the women’s movement has been around for decades, the historic march in Dayton began in January 2017 in order to unite with other cities throughout the U.S. to build a positive and just future for all.

Over five million people participated in women's marches around the world last January, including four million in the United States and 3,000 in Dayton.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 7:58 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report.

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Springboro Pike at Miamisburg Centerville Road, reported injury crash around 7:55 a.m.

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west and east, Lane width restriction until Apr. 1, 2018. One lane will remain open on the ramp with a width of 11 feet.
  • I-70 between Upper Lewisburg Salem Road and Brooksville-Phillipsburg Road, Lane closure Jan. 22 - 29. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. Shoulder closures Jan. 22 - Sept. 30. Both the inside and outside shoulders of I-70 will be closed during construction.