Marijuana in Ohio; ‘Unforced Error’ at YSUPosted by On


Ohio voters approved Issue 2 – the recreational use of marijuana – 57% to 43% in the Nov. 7 election. Dan O’Brien, managing editor of The Business Journal, provided insights into the new law and how it will affect businesses. The law is “much more employer-friendly than other states,” says labor attorney Michael Karst.

O’Brien also guided us through the aftermath of the passage of Issue 2 in this week’s episode of “Byline Breakdown.”

Meanwhile, the fallout continued over the selection of U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson as the 10th president of Youngstown State University. Tom Maraffa, a professor emeritus at YSU, wrote in a commentary that the YSU Board of Trustees’ decision was an “unforced error.” 

“The board of trustees has every right to follow the process it did and hire Johnson. He will report directly to the board and serve at its pleasure,” Maraffa wrote. “However, as the adage goes, ‘Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.’”

Eleven former YSU trustees took issue with the way the current board of trustees conducted its presidential search and expressed concerns about the university’s future and its role in the region. 

Others who sought to express their concerns didn’t get the opportunity. Those attending the YSU trustees’ regular meeting Thursday – some carrying signs denouncing Johnson – weren’t permitted to speak.

Amid the backlash, a plan is being developed for YSU…

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