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Medical marijuana advances, commissioners threaten streetcar, voter fraud report released

May 24, 2013 at 10:16 am

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The Ohio Ballot Board

certified an amendment

that would legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Ohio. Petitioners will now have to gather 385,253 signatures to get the issue on the ballot — most likely this year or 2014. CityBeat previously covered Ohio’s medical marijuana movement in greater detail



Republican county commissioners are asking the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana Regional Council of Governments to

pull $4 million in streetcar funding

, but the city says OKI can’t legally do it. Commissioners Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel, who are also members of the OKI board, made the request in a letter. City spokesperson Meg Olberding says OKI was simply an agency that passed the money along as it worked through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to OKI to the Southwest Ohio Regional Transportation Authority (SORTA), and the agreement doesn’t allow OKI to interfere any further. This morning, the city’s Twitter account tweeted, “City has confirmed with Feds that OKI cannot pull streetcar $ bc funds are already obligated to this federal project.”

Ohio released its first ever statewide report on voter fraud yesterday, called the

“Post-2012 General Election Voter Fraud Report.”

Secretary of State Jon Husted said the report shows voter fraud exists, but it’s “not an epidemic.” That coincides with previous findings from researchers: An extensive study of the nation’s databases by News21, a Carnegie-Knight journalism initiative, found

no evidence of widespread voter fraud


Ohio Democrats are

proposing more accountability rules

for JobsOhio, including adherence to public record laws, open meeting laws, state ethics laws for employees and full state audits. JobsOhio is a privatized nonprofit agency established by Gov. John Kasich and Republican legislators to eventually replace the Ohio Department of Development. They claim the privatized nature of the agency allows it to respond to economic problems more quickly, but Democrats say the agency redirects public funds with minimal oversight.

Cincinnati will

host a march against genetically modified organisms

Saturday as part of the international March Against Monsanto. The movement’s organizers are calling on participants that explain the facts of genetically modified organisms, encouraging “no slandering, no opinions or paper — just facts.” The protest is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Piatt Park.

A.G. Lafley is

reclaiming the top spot

at Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble. The company says the change is

not part of a deeper issue


The 35th annual Taste of Cincinnati

begins tomorrow


Win or lose, the University of Cincinnati baseball team

has a lot of fun


An adorable Labrador Retriever puppy

had her heart cured

after a minimally invasive heart procedure — the first ever in the Tri-State.


have some lessons

for humans when it comes to regrowing limbs.