Medical marijuana in the workplace

Published: Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 5:29 PM

Ross McGregor, executive VP of Pentaflex Inc., has adopted a no-nonsense policy with drugs.

Medical marijuana is legal in Ohio but you will not be able to buy it legally for another year. Even so, Miami Valley employers are trying to decide how they are going to handle the issue of weed in the workplace. 

When you step inside Pentaflex, a metal stamping plant in Springfield, you will find employees working with precision, heavy machinery. 

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"For me, it's all about safety," said Ross McGregor, the company's Executive Vice President. "We run some very large machinery that is very unforgiving."

Renae Murnahan-Turner believes medical marijuana could help people.

For that reason, Pentaflex has adopted a no-nonsense policy that says employees cannot use medical marijuana. 

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"I can't risk having somebody coming out on the stop floor impaired and operating this type of equipment," McGregor said. 

The use of medical marijuana is even banned at home because it stays in your system for at least thirty days and that is the standard in most manufacturing companies. In calls to other local employers, we learned that the RTA is among many companies that will stick with policies that call for a drug-free workplace. 

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Montgomery County's new policy prohibits the use and even possession of medical marijuana during work hours and during lunch breaks. The use of it during off-hours has not yet been decided. 

Back in Springfield, another business owner is hoping marijuana's health benefits will be accepted by employers. Renae Turner, a cancer survivor, said cannabis is non-addictive and you cannot overdose on it unlike other pain medications. She is hoping employers will get creative with people who have a prescription for medical marijuana. 

"You can create different levels that someone can function on it and be perfectly clear-headed and pain free, seizure-free," said Turner. 

Still, to get the bill passed at the Ohio Statehouse, the Legislature included strong protections for employers so they could legally prohibit medical marijuana use at work. 

File photo. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

"They can choose if they are going to recognize medical marijuana as a medicine or remain drug-free," said Rep. Steve Huffman, a Republican from Tipp City. 

Our I-Team investigation also found that the thousands of federal employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and base contractors will be prohibited from using medical marijuana because under federal law, pot is still illegal. The same is true for Wright State University, which says in it's policy that they are a federal contractor. Sinclair College is still silent on the issue. 

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Employment attorney Deborah Adler said for not, it is usable by anyone who obtains it legally and whose work rules do not prohibit it. Yet to be resolved is what happens to an injured worker who uses medical marijuana during recovery, but wants to go back to work. 

"Where the rubber meets the road is when those people are working, their continued use, those are some of the issues that ultimately are going to end up in the courts," Adler said. 

If there is a drug-free work policy, an employee involved in an accident at work, even one that is not their fault, could be required to take a drug test. If the test reveals that they have marijuana in their system, they could lose their job. 

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1 injured when Jeep rams into house on South Bird Road in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

1 injured when Jeep rams into Clark County house

UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a Jeep rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep. 

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That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, suffering from minor injuries. The driver was not injured, according to troopers. 

South Bird Road will be shut down at Laybourne Road in both directions until further notice.

INITIAL REPORT

Police, sheriff’s deputies, OSP and the gas company are on the scene of a car into a house in the 200 block of South Bird and Laybourne roads in Springfield Twp.

The incident occurred moments ago. Unknown on injuries.

We will update this developing report as we get information.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Eva Longoria, husband Jose Bastón welcome baby boy

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

What You Need To Know: Eva Longoria

Actress Eva Longoria and her husband, media mogul José Bastón, welcomed their first child together Tuesday, June 19.

Giving the first photo of her son to HOLA! USA, the actress can be seen cradling Santiago Enrique Bastón. He was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles weighing 6 pounds and 13 ounces.

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“We are so grateful for this beautiful blessing,” the couple told the publication.

Throughout her pregnancy, the 43-year-old actress stayed busy. Posts on her Instagram page show her at various events and working on multiple projects. During that time, she also got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and had to say goodbye to her beloved dog, Jinxy, June 14.

Longoria confirmed her pregnancy in December, when she was four months along.

Santiago is the first child for Longoria. Bastón, 50, president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, has three children of his own from an earlier marriage.

Bastón and Longoria started dating in 2013 and married three years later in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

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Spooky Nook developer gets millions in tax credits for Champion Mill rehab

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:13 PM


            The proposed Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill mega-sports complex could fill the old Champion Mill building along B Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
The proposed Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill mega-sports complex could fill the old Champion Mill building along B Street in Hamilton. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A project expected to be the biggest driver of economic development in the region will get nearly $5 million in state tax credits.

The Ohio Development Services Agency awarded just under $4.7 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit credits to Spooky Nook Sports for rehabilitation of the former paper mill in Hamilton.

The rehabilitation project will convert the huge industrial building at 600 N. B St. into a hotel and event center that will complement Spooky Nook’s planned indoor sports complex — Spooky Nook at Champion Mill, which is projected to create tens of millions of dollars in economic impact each year throughout Hamilton and the surrounding area.

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Spooky Nook Sports at Champion Mill is expected to break ground along North B Street and the west shore of the Great Miami River later this year in advance of a 2020 opening. Total cost of the project is expected to exceed $48 million.

“The credit is very significant to the project,” said Mike Dollard, Spooky Nook’s chief financial officer. “It is doing exactly as the program was designed: to revitalize communities, stimulate economic growth, and fill in the financial gaps in these projects. We are grateful to the State of Ohio and the City of Hamilton for their support and vision.”

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The capital stack supporting the project is nearly complete and Spooky Nook officials anticipate it wrapping up shortly, according to spokeswoman Mackenzie Bender.

“With the external remediation almost finished, we remain focused on a late summer start on additional site work,” Bender said.

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said receiving the State of Ohio Historical Tax Credits was an important hurdle for moving the Spooky Nook mixed-use project forward.

“As any post-industrial city will confirm, repurposing industrial buildings that are functionally obsolete into a new use, while retaining huge components of the historic fabric, is a near-impossible task,” Smith said.

He credited Cleveland-based Sandvick Architects, Steve Coon of Historic Developers and the entire Spooky Nook team for working their way through the lengthy application process, which lasted for at least a year.

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The final hurdle, he said, is confirming a $7 million allocation of New Markets Tax Credits, which along with historic tax credits, are crucial in projects where redevelopment costs exceed existing value.

“Hamilton continues to fight above our weight class,” Smith said. “It’s never one person or organization that continues to move us forward, but an all-out, maximum team effort.”

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The tax credits for the Champion Mill site are part of $30,228,955 in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits announced Wednesday for the rehabilitation of 31 historic buildings.

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Together, the projects are expected to leverage approximately $348 million in private investment in 13 communities. The awards bring the total number of Ohio communities with historic preservation tax credit projects to 67.

“An old building can be a blemish or a promise for the future,” said David Goodman, director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “These communities have chosen an economic boost for the future.”

Champion Paper No. 2 Mill was one of several buildings associated with Champion Paper’s operations in Hamilton.

The mill, once the largest coated-paper mill in the world, operated for more than 100 years as one of the city’s largest employers, before International Paper acquired all Champion International assets and assumed ownership of the Hamilton plant and its 800 employees in 2000.

International announced the sale of the local mill to a Florida merchant banking firm, Smart Papers, in January 2001 and Smart Papers wound down operations at the site in 2012.

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UPDATE: Gun powder in homemade bottle bomb found along MetroPark bike path

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (June 20): Red Dot gun powder has been identified by Dayton Bomb Squad members as the substance in the bottle bomb found Tuesday, said Mark Hess, Five Rivers MetroParks public safety chief.

Investigators have no additional information or suspects, Hess said.

Alliant Red Dot gun powder is the brand name for a smokeless powder used primarily for light and standard 12 gauge target loads, but can be used in some handgun loads, according to midwayusa.com (Midway Arms, Inc.)

INITIAL REPORT (June 19)

MetroParks rangers are investigating after a homemade bottle bomb was found along a bike path in the Island MetroPark Tuesday morning. 

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Rangers responded to the bike path near Kettering Field about 11 a.m. after a park technician found the device during a routine patrol, said Lt. Mark Arendt, Five Rivers MetroParks, Ranger Division. 

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The device was found partially burned and was apparently filled with a black powder, Arendt said. 

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Rangers were not sure how long the bottle was there or when it was initially detonated. 

“It’s a very dangerous situation,” Arendt said. “We wouldn’t want someone to stumble upon this and get hurt. Or we wouldn’t want the person actually messing around with this device to get hurt either.” 

The bottle and powder will be analyzed to determine what the device actually contained, Arendt said. 

No injuries were reported. 

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