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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, Feb. 21:

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Backers of a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment that would release low-level drug offenders from jail and direct money to treatment instead has cleared one hurdle. 

The amendment is meant to reduce the number of people locked up in state prisons by reducing nonviolent drug crimes to misdemeanors. It would also allow offenders to get credit for time served in treatment instead. And it would also direct state money saved from a smaller prison population into drug-treatment programs.

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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, December 7th:

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Backers of a plan to allow Ohio voters to vote on congressional redistricting reform this fall have cleared one more hurdle. 

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One of the groups that wants to put a medical marijuana plan on the Ohio ballot is one step closer to that goal now. 

The group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has been given the go ahead by the state Ballot Board to begin collecting signatures from Ohio voters. The amendment would allow patients to grow their own medical pot or buy it from retail outlets.

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