A medical marijuana bill is now in the hands of the Senate. The bill would not allow patients to smoke the substance, but would allow them to use it in vapor form. They couldn't grow it at home and communities could opt out of hosting dispensaries. Also, if passed employers who want to maintain drug-free workplaces would be protected. The bill would create a nine-member Medical Marijuana Control Commission to set rules for cultivating, distributing and licensing cannabis. The bill passed the House last week, but the Senate committee is considering changes. The bill is expected to reach the governor's desk by the end of the month.
Can is among 50 cities in the country to be awarded a public health grant. Winners of the Invest Health grant were announced Tuesday. The program focuses on mid-sized cities with populations between 50,000 to 400,000. The goal is to encourage leaders to work together to help low-income communities. The grant gives Canton $60,000 and 18 months to research health strategies. In Ohio, Akron and Youngstown also received a grant.
A former Alliance pastor is heading to prison. 35 year old Rev. Lance Jones, former pastor of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church in Canton, will spend the next 2 years behind bars. This after Jones got into a physical fight with the mother of his 4 month old son back in September.
An Akron woman is heading to prison for providing a fatal dose of fentanyl. 37 year old Elizabeth Ulrey pled guilty to several charges in the death of her friend, 28 year old Reggie Dernbach. Last year Dernback took the fentanyl he got from Ulrey and later died from an overdose. Ulrey will spend the next four years behind bars.
A heads up to Canton motorists. The intersection of 12th Street NW and McKinley Avenue NW will be closed for three days beginning Friday evening for construction. Crews will close the road to traffic at 6:00 and it will not reopen until 8:00 Monday morning. Also, 44th Street NW between Cleveland and Vernon Avenues is expected to be closed through Friday. This due to sewer line repairs. Detours will be posted in both areas.
A garage is destroyed, but luckily no one is hurt after it burst into flames Wednesday night. The fire ignited around 8:00 on Cindell Street SE in Osnaburg Twp. The garage was not attached to the home and the fire did not spread to any other structures. No official word yet on what caused the blaze, but investigators say they think it may have been an electrical issue.
Two meetings set next week to interview candidates for the parks and recreation director job in Canton. 14 people have applied to oversee the newly merged departments. The tentative merger date is January 1st. Applicants include both sitting parks and rec directors as well as the head of the Canton Joint Recreation District Board. The decision will be made by a three-member board appointed by Mayor Tomas Bernabie.
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