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Update: City Council passes major reform on marijuana possession

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Update: Smoke ’em if you got ’em: Columbus city council passed sweeping marijuana reform laws last night, essentially decriminalizing possession of up to 200 grams.

Under the new law, the fine for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana has been reduced to just $10, and $25 for between 100 and 200 grams. Penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia have also been done away with.

The new guidelines will go into effect in 30 days.

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07/17/2019: It’s not easy being green, but if Columbus City Council has its way, it might get a lot easier to hold some green.

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On Monday, July 22, the council will vote on legislation that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city.

If the measure is passed, those caught with up to 100 grams of cannabis would face just a $10 fine, with amounts between 100 and 200 grams earning a $25 penalty.

The council’s proposed measure would also contradict penalties enforced at the state level, meaning possession of up to 200 grams would no longer carry the threat of jail time.

A public hearing is planned this Thursday before the possibility of this new legislation getting the green light next week.


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Columbus Zoo proudly announces birth of new African lion pride members

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A new pride of lions is wondering the grounds at the Columbus Zoo! Three African lion cubs were born on August 16 and 17.

This is the first litter for four-year-old Naomi, who is attentive to the healthy cubs, according to Heart of Africa animal care teams.

Her pregnancy was a surprise since the cub’s sire, Tomo, underwent a vasectomy in 2018 because his genes are strongly represented within the African Lion Species Survival Program population. Tomo was humanely euthanized in May at the age of 15 after his quality of life rapidly diminished due to age-related issues.

Since female cubs stay with their birth pride, African lions in their native ranges are known at times to mate with their own offspring if another male has not been able to successfully establish himself as the new leader of the pride.

“We are committed to the work the Columbus Zoo is doing to protect lions in Africa, as well as inspiring our guests to join us in taking action to help lions and other species. We are very grateful for their support of the Zoo as it is also benefiting important conservation initiatives and having a direct impact on saving wildlife in their native ranges,” said Columbus Zoo President/CEO Tom Stalf.

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Horny hoodlums snatch $2,000 worth of merchandise from adult store

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Columbus Police are seeking the public's help in identifying four individuals who stole lingerie and other, um, "goods" from the Lions Den store at 1144 Alum Creek Drive late Monday night:

https://twitter.com/ColumbusPolice/status/1163521235692740609

Staff at the store estimated the value of the stolen goods at around $2,000.

Is that a banana in your pocket, or did you just rip off a $600 "item" from Lion's Den? Police are asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 614-645-2072, or to email [email protected]

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Local thief steals shotgun from very unexpected place

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One thief gave new meaning to the word "brazen" late last night by committing a burglary in the last place you'd expect.

Police are on the lookout for a suspect who broke into a Clinton Township police cruiser over night, making off with a shotgun. The vehicle was parked at the police station at the time of the theft.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations was called to the Clinton Township Police Department at 3820 Cleveland Avenue early this morning in response to the robbery.

Police say they are dusting for fingerprints and using a K9 dog to help identify a suspect. The ATF has also been notified about the situation.

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