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State Net Capitol Journal: Ohio Attorney General Sues Toledo Over Pot Law

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) has filed a lawsuit challenging parts of a new voter-approved marijuana ordinance in the city of Toledo because he says they contradict with state law and will encourage crime. The city’s “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance,” which was approved last month by a 70-percent margin kept marijuana use illegal but includes provisions reducing the penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes. DeWine is seeking the invalidation of those provisions as well as a preliminary injunction placing Ohio law in effect while the case is being considered.

“This ordinance encourages drug cartels to set up marijuana distribution operations in Toledo with less fear of prison or penalties,” he said in a press release. “Absent legal action, it is not hard to imagine international drug rings making Toledo their regional base of operations.” (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER)

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