Ohio

Fri
29
May

Group Pushing for Marijuana on Ballot Says DeWine's Efforts are Too Late

COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- Too little too late. That's what ResponsibleOhio says about Mike DeWine's medical marijuana plan.

ResponsibleOhio is trying to put medical and recreational pot on the ballot this November Friday, its executive director, Ian James, watched the exclusive ABC 6/FOX28 interview with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

While James applauded DeWine's possible support of medical marijuana, he also told us, "I think what the attorney general is doing is too little too late for sure. The voters are way ahead of politicians on this."

James watched the entire medical marijuana interview with the attorney general. He objected when DeWine talked about pot in pill form.

Fri
29
May

Libertarians, Green Party oppose ResponsibleOhio's marijuana legalization plan

Legalizing marijuana Several proposals are in the works to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Check here for an update on the status of those efforts.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- ResponsibleOhio's plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization -- the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio.

Fri
22
May

Ohio Attorney General studying possible medical marijuana plan

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is studying the plausibility of a tightly crafted medical marijuana proposal.

DeWine says it's logical as the state debates whether to legalize marijuana to explore what the alternatives are.

DeWine, a Republican who opposes legalizing recreational marijuana, says he's talked to many people around Ohio in favor of medical marijuana if they could be assured it wouldn't be abused.

DeWine said it's worth studying what is happening in other states when it comes to medical marijuana. He stopped short of saying the goal would be to undercut the widespread legalization of the drug in Ohio or what form a proposal might take.

Fri
22
May

Ohio: Marijuana campaign-sabotage case dismissed

Medical pot activists had said the founder of well-funded marijuana group ResponsibleOhio sabotaged their efforts.

COLUMBUS -- Citing a technicality, a state board dismissed a complaint that the founder of marijuana-legalization group ResponsibleOhio sabotaged the efforts of grassroots activists to put a medical-marijuana question before Ohio voters.

Fri
22
May

Marijuana legalization: good or bad for Ohio businesses?

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The marijuana legalization debate is most often expressed as a social or moral issue.

But the forum, "Marijuana Legalization: Will Your Business Be Impaired?" at the Greater Cleveland Partnership forum Thursday framed the debate as a workplace and workforce issue. The organization hasn't taken a position on legalization, but held the event to expose the local business community to all sides of the issues, said Joseph Roman, the GCP's president and chief executive officer.

Wed
20
May

Kearney jumps aboard marijuana legalization train

Cincinnati's influence on the push to legalize marijuana in Ohio this year grew Tuesday when former state Sen. Eric Kearney announced that he will serve as a senior advisor to the ResponsibleOhio campaign.

"The issue of marijuana legalization is one all Ohioans should take seriously," Kearney said in a statement. "As a former legislator, I know that our state government is not ready to act on this important issue. Ohioans are being unjustly punished for using marijuana, while patients do not have access to medical marijuana for treatment. It's time we reform this failed prohibition, and I'm proud to be part of the effort to do so."

Tue
19
May

Lessons for Ohio inside Colorado's booming pot industry

DENVER — Just outside of Downtown, far from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the Williams family is cultivating what they hope will become America’s next big consumer brand.

They’re so confident in the new venture that they’ve invested millions of dollars into new processes, equipment designs and their increasingly popular product: legal marijuana.

CEO of Medicine Man, Andy Williams, inside his office at his company's headquarters. Emily Maxwell | WCPO

“We’re on the bleeding edge of a new developing industry,” said Andy Williams, president and CEO of Medicine Man. “There are very few times in the history of the world where people have been able to do what I’m doing right now.”

Tue
19
May

One Ohio family's 1200-mile journey for medical marijuana to treat their sick toddler

CASTLE ROCK, Colorado — In their new neighborhood park, Heather and Adam Benton look on as their giggling daughter races through the grass.

“Swing, swing,” chants 3-year-old Addyson, shouting her latest new word.

The surer steps, the expanding vocabulary — all milestones the Bentons feared they wouldn’t celebrate with their toddler who for most of her life has suffered from hundreds of epileptic seizures a day.

Until now.

Less than two months ago the Bentons left their Liberty Township home to make the 1,200-mile move to Castle Rock, where they can legally give Addyson medicine that’s derived from marijuana. Twice a day, the Benton’s apply tiny patches — among the latest advances in medical marijuana — to little Addyson’s ankle.

Fri
15
May

Lucas Co. sheriff against legalization of marijuana

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Multiple groups have been efforting getting marijuana legalized in Ohio, but not everyone is in favor of legalization.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp says he's worked hard to fight drug abuse in the county since he took office.

He even started a program called Drug Abuse Response Team (DART). With DART, sheriff's deputies are responsible for working with drug addicts and those who have overdosed to get them into rehab and help them recover.

The sheriff says legalizing marijuana would only hurt his efforts since many see marijuana as a gateway drug to more dangerous drugs like heroin.

Fri
15
May

Ohio legislature has limited options for stopping marijuana legalization issues, House speaker ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans could face more than one issue on their ballot in November that would legalize marijuana. And while that has stirred some concerns, don't look for the legislature to step in ahead of time to countermand the efforts.

Some lawmakers dislike that the process for amending the Constitution is being used to potentially create what they see as a business monopoly on marijuana. Others dislike legalization at all.

But Statehouse insiders say no serious push is underway to try and enact something quickly ahead of November.

Indeed, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger made it clear this week that he is opposed to any action that could involve legalizing marijuana.

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