Ohio

Fri
21
Aug

Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot measure, explained

This November, Ohio will vote on whether to become the biggest state to fully legalize marijuana. But the measure is very different from what's come out of other legal pot states — and not in a good way, according to drug policy experts and legalization advocates.

Ohio is already an unexpected candidate for full legalization compared with the four legal pot states. It isn't especially progressive like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington state, or libertarian like Alaska. It doesn't even have medical marijuana yet, although it was one of the states to decriminalize pot back in the 1970s.

Wed
19
Aug

Ohio, prepare for Marijuana Battle 2015

COLUMBUS – In this corner, we have pro-pot group ResponsibleOhio with about $20 million to spend on advertising, a new bus headed to 88 counties and polls that say most Ohioans are fine with legalizing at least medicinal pot.

In the other corner, we have Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, a group of pediatricians, manufacturers, farmers and police officers who say legalizing marijuana would put children at risk and create an oligopoly that’s bad for Ohio business.

Let Battle of the Blunt 2015 begin.

Tue
18
Aug

RESPONSIBLEOHIO LAUNCHES BUS TOUR TO PROMOTE CONTROVERSIAL MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE

ResponsibleOhio (RO) launched Monday a “Green Rush Bus Tour” to visit Ohio’s 88 counties to advocate for the group’s Marijuana Legalization Amendment, which would legalize marijuana use by adults and establish an Ohio Marijuana Control Commission to regulate retail and medical marijuana sales, distribution and cultivation.

Tue
18
Aug

4 States That Would Soon Legalize Marijuana

Medical and Recreational Marijuana have been on the loop and is currently making its way towards legalization all througout America. Numerous states have agreed in having 'pot' legalized as they recognized its benefits, though proper protocol needs to be observed in the legalization of pot. Listed below are the states that would soon have 'Marijuana' legalized as per Marijuana World News and 24/7 Wallstreet.

Ohio

Tue
18
Aug

What happens if both marijuana legalization and anti-monopoly amendments pass?

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio voters in November will face two constitutional amendments that conflict with one another.

One -- a citizen-initiated amendment -- would legalize a new marijuana industry dependent on 10 predetermined growing sites. Another, which state lawmakers put on the ballot, seeks to block that business model.

What happens if they both pass?

The Ohio Constitution says if two conflicting amendments on the same ballot pass, the one that gets the most votes becomes law. But the constitution also says citizen-initiated amendments, such as the marijuana legalization amendment, become law 30 days after an election while legislature-sponsored amendments become law immediately.

Mon
17
Aug

ResponsibleOhio launches 'Green Rush Bus Tour' to promote pot legalization

Today: We’ll have updates at MyDaytonDailyNews.com of the Ohio Ballot Board’s ruling on the language voters will see when they vote on the marijuana issue this fall.

The group pushing to legalize marijuana in Ohio will tour all 88 counties in a neon green camper before Election Day.

Among other concerns, opponents say the proposal would put childrens health at risk because it would increase their access to edible-pot products, such as sweets, cookies and brownies. And it would allow individual Ohioans to grow and possess small amounts of marijuana.

Sun
16
Aug

Pot battle turns focus to kids

Opponents of marijuana legalization to launch campaign Monday

Children are likely to be a big part of the campaigns both for and against marijuana legalization in Ohio.

The location of Monday’s 2 p.m. campaign kickoff by a coalition opposing ResponsibleOhio’s for-profit legalization plan is a giveaway: Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

While slow in developing, the still-forming coalition is touted as far-reaching by state Rep. Mike Curtin, D-Marble Cliff, a militant opponent of ResponsibleOhio’s plan to make marijuana legal for personal consumption and medicinal use.

“It’s going to be a very, very impressive coalition, as broad and diverse as this state has ever seen on an issue campaign,” Curtin said.

Sat
15
Aug

The Next 12 States to Legalize Marijuana

1. Ohio - Ohio voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to legalize marijuana with a constitutional amendment to institute a revolutionary proposal that backers say will create a billion-dollar industry in the next four years.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said Wednesday the private investor group ResponsibleOhio had collected 320,267 signatures of registered Ohio voters, 14,676 more than necessary to qualify for the general-election ballot. ResponsibleOhio spent more than $2 million since March on the petition drive to put its proposed Marijuana Legalization Amendment before voters.

Fri
14
Aug

The politics of pot: Ballot initiatives on marijuana could cost $40 million in 2016

Ohioans will vote this November on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana now that a group backed by cannabis-industry speculators has collected enough signatures to put the issue on the ballot, the office of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Wednesday.

Ten investment groups put up a combined $3.4 million to bankroll the initiative through a state-level group called Responsible Ohio, records show. In addition to legalizing the use of marijuana for adults over 21 and for medicinal purposes, the constitutional amendment would limit marijuana growing to just ten plots of land throughout the state. The investment groups backing the amendment own or hold options on all of that land.

Fri
14
Aug

Ohio: Opponents of marijuana legalization to launch campaign Monday

Organized opposition to marijuana legalization in Ohio has been slow developing, but a coalition touted as “broad and diverse as this state has ever seen” will be rolled out Monday.

Opponents plan a press conference at 2 p.m. at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The event comes a day before a showdown at the Ohio Ballot Board where crucial wording will be worked out for the marijuana legalization constitutional amendment voters will see at the Nov. 3 election.

 

State Rep. Mike Curtin, D-Marble Cliff, a vocal opponent of ResponsibleOhio’s for-profit plan to legalize marijuana for personal and medicinal use, said the coalition will include medical and professional organizations, business, faith groups, and children health advocates, among others.

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