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For State Representative Tim Brown, the most compelling testimony in favor of legalizing certain forms of medical marijuana came from people who had tried legally prescribed medicine and found no relief.

As a member of the House Select Committee on Medical Marijuana, the Bowling Green Republican heard hours of testimony. But what really stirred him was the testimony of those who felt they had exhausted all the prescription drugs available to them to address their medical needs.

The committee unanimously approved a substitute bill last week and sent it to the House floor where it also passed.

Oregon has applied for a state grant that would fund an unmanned aircraft system, or “drone,” which would assist the police and fire departments in rescue situations.

Toledo and Lucas County would share the drone and contribute towards the $75,000 cost.

The drone would assist in tactical operations, search and rescue, criminal investigations, traffic crash reconstruction, crime scene mapping and the identification of trouble spots in fighting fires. It could also be used in assessing the needs for resources and the extent of damages after major disasters, such as floods and tornados.

Members of Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie plan to continue their focus on Toledo officials as the group pushes to have Lake Erie’s western basin designated as an impaired watershed.

About 15 members of the environmental group picketed outside the East Toledo Family Center Wednesday night where Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson held a town hall meeting.

Mike Ferner, a coordinator with the group, said he’s puzzled why the city hasn’t asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the designation when the Lucas County commissioners and Oregon City Council have already sought the impaired listing.

The Oregon Recreation and Parks Committee recently met to discuss ways to improve recreation in the community.

Discussion focused on several issues, including obtaining state funds for the development of the lakefront.

The city administration has contacted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources about the possibility of getting state funding for future projects.

It only took one presentation by Joy Grayczyk to the East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club, and they civic organization was impressed.

Members of the club took it upon themselves to nominate her for the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Person of the Year, and judges, too, were impressed. Grayczyk was honored by the chamber with the POY award at the 23rd Annual Prism Award Ceremony at the National Museum of the Great Lakes Thursday night.

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