Ron Kolka, of Saginaw Mi smokes some cannabis at the 53rd annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash at The Diag at University of Michigan on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Julian Leshay Guadalupe |

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As the weather turns warm and bar and restaurant outdoor patios open, state alcohol and law enforcement agencies are again warning liquor permit holders that they cannot host any marijuana events.

This is the second such warning in recent months. The first came in December, shortly after voters legalized recreational marijuana in Ohio. It pointed to a section of state administrative rule that says marijuana is still considered a controlled substance by the federal government, regardless of Ohio law, and liquor permit holders cannot knowingly or willfully allow the use of controlled substances on their premises.

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 Despite recreational marijuana law, liquor permit holders will not be able to allow marijuana on outdoor patios, per state regulations.  Read More