The Oberlin Review

Despite Legalization, Medical Marijuana Faces Hurdles

Alexa Stevens

September 6, 2019

Sunday will mark the third anniversary of the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio. On Sept. 8, 2016, Ohio House Bill 523 went into effect, allowing those with specific medical conditions to purchase marijuana with the recommendation of a licensed physician. Since the passage of the bill, the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program granted licenses to two medical marijuana dispensaries in Lorain County, Rise and Clubhouse Dispensary, both of which are still active. However, Oberlin native and Lorain County resident John Pardee is one of many who believe that — three years later — medical marijuana still isn’t accessible enough. “[The system] needs a lot of work,” Pardee said. “It has a long way to ...

Security Notebook

February 15, 2019

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 8:40 a.m. Campus Safety officers received a report that a staff member was stuck in an elevator at Wilder Hall. When officers arrived, the individual had escaped the elevator. The elevator was put temporarily out of service and an electrician was called. 6:04 p.m. Officers were requested to help remove an unwelcome, non-Oberlin College individual from a dance class at Hales Gymnasium. The individual was located and left the area without incident. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 2:36 a.m. Officers were requested to assist a student at a Village Housing Unit who was ill from alcohol consumption. The student was able to answer all questions and said they wanted to stay in their room for the night. ...

Lorain, Ohio Misses Deadline on Medical Marijuana Program

Anisa Curry Vietze

September 14, 2018

Medical marijuana dispensaries are still inactive in Lorain County even though they were expected to be fully functional by the target date of Sept. 8. Ohio legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes in House Bill 523. The bill detailed that the program should be up and running two years after it was approved. More than two years after its passage, medical marijuana is still not available in Lorain County — or anywhere else in Ohio. State Representative Dan Ramos helped craft House Bill 523 and expressed concern about the delay. “I’m very worried from a public health perspective,” he said. “We didn’t write a law that said ‘develop a medical marijuana program,’ we wrote a law saying ‘develop a ...

Security Report

December 8, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 4:33 a.m. Safety and Security Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Lord-Saunders House. A malfunctioning detector caused the alarm, which was repaired and reset. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 2:27 p.m. A resident reported an individual building on fire in the Arboretum, west of the amphitheater. Officers responded and located a small fire, which was extinguished. Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 12:15 a.m. Officers working an event at Hales Gym guided an intoxicated student to Mercy Allen Hospital for treatment. 10:45 a.m. A student reported vandalism to a mural in the lounge of Price House. A work order was filed for repair. 11:26 a.m. A resident r...

Marijuana Company Granted License to Grow in Oberlin

Jack Brewster, Staff Writer

November 10, 2017

The Ohio Department of Commerce approved a license last Friday for Ascension BioMedical LLC, a medical marijuana company, to build a facility in the Oberlin Industrial Park. The approval makes it one of the few cities in Ohio — and the only in Lorain County — to grow medical marijuana. City Councilmember Kelley Singleton has advocated for medical marijuana growers to settle in Oberlin since this spring, arguing that the medicinal marijuana industry would bring economic benefits. “I think it’s a great victory for the city of Oberlin,” Singleton said. “This will provide some good paying jobs and some much-needed tax revenue.” Fadi Boumitri, the owner of Ascension Biomedical, said he chose Oberlin...

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May 6, 2016

Thursday, April 28
 1:29 p.m. Officers were requested to assist a student who fell and injured their knee at Stevenson Dining Hall. The student was given an ice pack and transported to their Village Housing unit at their request. 2:13 p.m. Facilities staff reported a bagged smoke detector in a Union Street Housing Complex unit. Officers responded, photographed the bagged detector and removed the rubber swim cap that served as the obstruction. Friday, April 29
 7:39 a.m. An officer on patrol observed a stop sign wedged in the handrail of the front entrance of Fairchild House. The Oberlin Police Department was notified. 3:06 p.m. An officer on patrol observed gray spray paint covering the text of the C...

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April 29, 2016

Thursday, April 21 12 p.m. Facilities staff reported graffiti in the men’s restroom of the Service Building. The drawing was a figure done in marker. A work order was filed for cleanup. 6:44 p.m. A student reported a strong odor of marijuana on the first floor of Barrows Hall. Officers responded and traced the odor to a room. Though nothing was found burning, officers confiscated and disposed of alcohol that was in plain view. 10:11 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Firelands Apartments. Smoke from burned oil caused the alarm, which was reset. Saturday, April 23
 12:23 a.m. Officers responded to a report of loud music and a strong odor of burnt marijuana at Firelands Apartment...

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April 15, 2016

Thursday, April 7 8:57 a.m. Staff reported graffiti on the “LEEDS” parking sign north of the Kohl Building. The graffiti was written with a white paint marker. A work order was filed for clean up. 10:10 a.m. Wilder Hall staff recovered a black bag found in the ’Sco, which contained marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The items were turned over to the Oberlin Police Department. 12:18 a.m. Facilities staff reported an exit sign pulled down by a group of students on the first floor of South Hall. The sign was temporarily re-hung until repairs were made. 3:20 a.m. Officers were requested to assist with a student, ill from alcohol consumption, on the third floor of Noah Hall. After speaking with the office...

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April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 24 8:09 p.m. Officers and the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Firelands Apartments. Smoke from cooking activated the alarm, which was then reset. Friday, March 25
 10:19 p.m. Officers and the Oberlin Police Department responded to a call regarding patrons fighting at the Oberlin Inn. All parties involved left the area prior to the officers’ arrival. 9:33 a.m. Facilities staff reported damage to the roof of Severance Hall. A roofing company discovered approximately 50 clay tiles damaged, estimating approximately $3,000 in repairs. Saturday, March 26 1:50 p.m. A student reported the theft of their bicycle from the south side of South Hall. The bike is black with purple handgrips ...

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February 26, 2016

Thursday, Feb. 18
 1:48 a.m. Officers were requested to assist a student ill from alcohol consumption on the second floor of Firelands Apartments. The student was found sleeping in the hall and was able to answer all questions asked. They were then escorted to their room for the night. 10:20 a.m. Science Center staff reported non-offensive writing on the wall in the upper level of Craig Lecture Hall. A work order was filed for removal. Friday, Feb. 19
 3:34 p.m. Officers were requested to assist with a safety inspection in a room on the second floor of East Hall. The officers found several empty cans of beer and three pipes containing a substance consistent with marijuana. The pipes were turned over to the...

Marijuana Legislation Takes New Direction

Marijuana Legislation Takes New Direction

February 26, 2016

Last week, Legalize Ohio 2016 announced that it was suspending its efforts to collect petition signatures for an amendment to legalize and regulate marijuana use for recreational and medical purposes. Instead, the group is reorganizing to join efforts by the Marijuana Policy Project — the largest organization focusing on marijuana reform in the U.S. — to get medical marijuana legislation on the ballot in this year’s general election. The push for across-the-board legalization took a hit...

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February 19, 2016

Sunday, Feb. 7 12:56 a.m. Staff reported an unauthorized party taking place at a village house on South Professor Street. Loud music was heard from outside. The party was closed down and approximately 150 party attendees were dispersed. 11:02 a.m. Officers and Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a Union Street apartment. Smoke from cooking was the cause of the alarm. Alarm was reset with no problems. 9:04 p.m. A student reported an activated smoke detector at a village house on Woodland Street. Officers and Oberlin Fire Department responded. The alarm was activated by smoke from cooking. The smoke was cleared and the alarm reset. Tuesday, Feb. 9
 8:37 p.m. Officers and Oberlin Fire...

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