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The Ohio Department of Commerce says not all of the state's medical marijuana growers, manufacturers and dispensaries will be operational by the September 8 legislated deadline. 

By the time Ann Marie Owen, 61, turned to marijuana to treat her pain, she was struggling to walk and talk. She was also hallucinating.

For four years, her doctor prescribed a wide range of opioids for transverse myelitis, a debilitating disease that caused pain, muscle weakness and paralysis.

The drugs not only failed to ease her symptoms, they hooked her.

When her home state of New York legalized marijuana for the treatment of select medical ailments, Owens decided it was time to swap pills for pot. But her doctors refused to help.

Medical marijuana appears to have put a dent in the opioid abuse epidemic, according to two studies published Monday.

The research suggests that some people turn to marijuana as a way to treat their pain, and by so doing, avoid more dangerous addictive drugs. The findings are the latest to lend support to the idea that some people are willing to substitute marijuana for opioids and other prescription drugs.

Another company that was passed over for a state medical marijuana grower's license is suing the state. 

Ohio Public Radio

An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a proposed fix for problems with the state commerce department's process in the medical marijuana program.

Ohio Public Radio

State Auditor David Yost says Ohio should continue its medical marijuana program despite "multiple" flaws in selecting applicants for cultivation licenses. 

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A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants for medical marijuana cultivation licenses claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year during the process.

Statehouse News Bureau

The state says human error led to a Hilliard company's inadvertent exclusion from the proposed list of the dozen large-scale growers for Ohio's medical marijuana program.

Ohio Public Radio

Republican state Auditor David Yost says he has found problems with the process for scoring applications for medical marijuana cultivator licenses. 

Recent scientific reviews have found substantial evidence that marijuana can be useful in easing at least some types of chronic pain. Yet even for the majority of Americans who live in states that have legalized medical marijuana, choosing opioids can be much cheaper.

Ohio Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney General has rescinded an Obama Administration policy that made is possible for legal marijuana to become a reality in some states.

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

In guidance issued Thursday, Sessions rescinded those policies and instead will permit individual U.S. attorneys to decide how aggressively to go after marijuana in their jurisdictions.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime.

Ohio Public Radio

Republican State Auditor David Yost says questions about the past drug convictions of a consultant who played a key role in Ohio's new medical marijuana program need to be addressed before the program launches next year. 

One of the state lawmakers who serves on the panel that approved Ohio's medical marijuana program wants to put it on hold until certain questions are answered.

Ohio Public Radio

One of the principal backers of the failed 2015 ballot issue to legalize marijuana is threatening legal action against the state's medical pot program. 

The state has announced licenses for 12 large scale medical marijuana growers.

A public university has volunteered to serve as the state's medical marijuana testing laboratory.

The Ohio Department of Commerce does not expect to issue the first medical marijuana cultivator licenses until November, a month later than growers expected.

Nipton, Calif., 60 miles south of Las Vegas, isn't convenient to much.

Regulators of Ohio's medical marijuana industry have received approval to spend an additional 6 million dollars over the next two years on projects including a seed-to-sale tracking system.

Natives and out-of-state investors are among hundreds of applicants for a state license to grow medical marijuana.

Westerville Police

A former Ohio State quarterback and a former Cleveland Browns running back are two members of an investor group seeking a state license to sell medical marijuana.

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The Ohio Department of Commerce has received 185 applications for 24 medical marijuana cultivator licenses.

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The Ohio Department of Commerce says three companies have been selected to review applications for medical marijuana grow licenses.

Today is the deadline for small medical marijuana cultivators to apply for a state license.

Westerville City Council this week approved a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review has approved new rules for medical marijuana cultivators, including application and license fees.

Associated Press

State regulators are acknowledging proposed licensing fees for medical marijuana businesses could initially exceed the state's costs of operating the program.

Aspiring medical marijuana growers may begin applying for state licenses in June.

Ohio Public Radio

The backers of the failed 2015 state ballot measure to legalize medical and recreational marijuana are now proposing to build a large growing and manufacturing facility in Wilmington.

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