Stories tagged with: marijuana

April 16, 2014 - 3:02pm
15 weeks 8 hours ago

Researchers at Northwestern University studied a small sample of patients ages 18 to 25 who use marijuana casually or for recreational use. All patients used the drug differently, some every day, others every month. The study found that young adults in that age group who use marijuana have "significant abnormalities" in the brain. Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO Steve Carrel said the findings are significant because the brain doesn't fully mature until about 25.

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January 23, 2014 - 12:29pm
26 weeks 6 days ago

Comments from President Barak Obama sparked debate into which is worse alcohol or marijuana.

In a recent "New Yorker" article the president said he tried smoking marijuana and that he doesn't think it's more dangerous than alcohol.

The executive director of Muskingum Behavioral health said the substances can't really be compared.

"The marijuana that he may have experienced back in the day isn't the same marijuana today," said Executive Director...

May 16, 2013 - 5:53pm
1 year 10 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office and the Zanesville Police Department's drug unit have seized over $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana after months of investigation.

"Most of this was deliveries coming through the postal service. We did do a search at his residence and found some items there but for the most part this investigation was done through the postal service and using some good police techniques we have used for several years on trying to maintain the...

April 26, 2013 - 6:52pm
1 year 13 weeks ago

An Ohio state representative plans to introduce a bill to make medical marijauna use legal in Ohio. Some people are skeptical of its benefits.

State Representative Bob Hagan says he is tired of watching people suffer who would otherwise benefit from the drug. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says marijuana use comes with its own set of negative health concerns.

"We know that that anything smoked increases cancer, increases heart rates and...

December 18, 2012 - 10:55am
1 year 32 weeks ago

A Columbus man faces charges in connection to drugs found during a traffic stop in Hocking County.

Troopers said 32-year-old Michael Hills was incarcerated in the Athens Regional Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third degree felony.

Troopers said the stopped a 2012 Dodge Charger with an Illinois registration for a speed violation on US 33 around 8:30p.m. Monday night.

Troopers said a drug sniffing dog alerted the patrol to the vehicle and a search revealed...

September 19, 2011 - 12:47pm
2 years 45 weeks ago

A Zanesville man is sentenced Monday on multiple drug charges.

21-year-old Dylan Marshall appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court where Judge Mark Fleegle placed Marshall on community control for two years and he must perform 200 hours of public service.
 

Marshall plead guilty last month to charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana stemming from an incident in June of 2010.
 

If Marshall doesn't complete his sentence as ordered, he...

August 4, 2011 - 7:47pm
2 years 51 weeks ago

More than 600 marijuana plants were discovered at a home in Thornville Thursday.

Detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a search at 12162 State Route 188 after receiving a tip that marijuana was being grown.

Authorities found 611 marijuana plants and hydroponic growing equipment. It's estimated as having a street value of more than $500,000.

Two people were at the home, however they were not arrested and names will not be released until...

April 15, 2011 - 11:11am
3 years 15 weeks ago

As alleged ringleader, Hugo Ayala, of a large marijuana growing operation pleads guilty yesterday, Sheriff Matt Lutz reacts to the magnitude of the case.

Sheriff Lutz says cases like this one involve numerous departments creating a lot of work, so it's gratifying to see justice being served.  He also adds that locations, like Ohio, attract people who are involved in growing operations.

"Obviously, Muskingum County, we have 680 square miles in this county. A lot of that...

February 16, 2011 - 1:44pm
3 years 23 weeks ago

A  Zanesville father and son plead guilty to drug charges.

51-year-old Alfred Stires and 25-year-old Michael Stires both appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court  Wednesday where they each entered guilty pleas to a felony charge of cultivation of marijuana.

Assistant Prosecutor Bob Smith says in August of last year deputies from the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office discovered marijuana plants growing outside their home on Pinkerton Road.

Judge Fleegle...

October 20, 2010 - 4:47pm
3 years 40 weeks ago

It has been a busy year for law enforcement when it come to finding marijuana plants, the most since 1997.

Ohio authorities have recovered more than 70,000 plants this year. Approximately 9,000 were discovered in Muskingum County which nets a street value of close to $1 million. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says over the years, most cases have shifted from local drug dealers growing plants, to larger commercial operations involving illegal immigrants.

"Now, instead of...

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