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Pot activists cheer ballot move to stop ResponsibleOhio

Department of Strange Bedfellows: Ohio marijuana activists applaud the ballot measure, passed by a conservative Ohio legislature, that would stop the plan by the private group ResponsibleOhio to legalize marijuana.(Photo: File)

Just in the past week, the politics of legalizing marijuana in Ohio in 2015 has created strange bedfellows – conservative legislators and longtime marijuana activists who want to stop the initiative of the private group ResponsibleOhio.


Ohio Legislature Strikes Back Against Marijuana Legalization Bid

A campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio took a step closer to making November’s ballot Tuesday, after its promoters turned in more than twice the required number of signatures.


Ohio marijuana legalization backers deliver petitions to secretary of state

COLUMBUS, OH – ResponsibleOhio today delivered petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to qualify for the November 2015 ballot.

The Marijuana Legalization Amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the state.

ResponsbileOhio says that they have 695,273 signatures on their petitions. They needed about 306,000 to qualify for November’s ballot. Secretary of State Jon Husted makes the final determination as to the validity of the signatures.


Lawmakers’ proposed ballot issue would nullify marijuana amendment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Lawmakers could potentially place another hurdle in the path to legalizing marijuana in Ohio.

The Ohio Senate Rules Committee is considering a bill that would send an amendment to voters this November.

That amendment, if passed, would ban any future amendments granting business monopolies and enshrining property rights for individuals in the Ohio Constitution.

Senate President Keith Faber said amendments like a proposed marijuana legalization amendment or the previously passed casino amendment are bad business.

“It stifles competition, it stifles the free market, and it puts private property rights inside the state constitution, our governing document,” he said. “It’s a bad public policy.”


Ohio 2nd ballot issue may derail marijuana

Aims to prevent use the state constitution to sanction monopolies

COLUMBUS —The Ohio House voted 81-12 on Wednesday to put a question before voters that could undercut a marijuana-legalization measure that will appear on the same Nov. 3 ballot.

The lawmakers’ ballot proposal is aimed at derailing the marijuana-legalization proposal, along with other future attempts to use the state constitution to sanction monopolies.

“The people’s constitution should never, ever be a shopping center for market opportunities,” said Rep. Mike Curtin (D., Columbus), one of the resolution’s chief sponsors. “It is no exaggeration to call this a grave threat to our state constitution.”


Legal marijuana sparks liability fears for Colorado employers

DENVER, Colorado - Marijuana legalization in Colorado put business owners like Dottie Peterson in a quandary.

Peterson doesn't want workers at the staffing service she operates to use marijuana on the job, though she doesn't mind if they do it in their free time. But she can't hire drug users because of her insurance. Many companies, including hers, get better worker's compensation insurance rates by being a drug-free workplace, so the new employees she hires must pass drug tests.


Here's how $20M is being spent in push to legalize marijuana in Ohio

An estimated $7.1 million would be spent on television and radio commercials in an effort…

A prospectus designed to persuade deep-pocketed Cincinnatians to back a $20 million campaign to legalize marijuana suggests their return on investment might not be limited to pot farms in Ohio.

If the marijuana proposal makes it onto the Nov. 3 ballot and is approved by voters, the investors might try to replicate the effort in other states, suggests the prospectus circulated last year by Ian James, CEO of the ResponsibleOhio political action committee.


Ohio investor: Legal marijuana could be $100B industry, big issue in 2016

Ten groups are betting millions that legalizing recreational marijuana in Ohio could net them billions in the long run.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In this perennial swing state, a fascinating political experiment is unfolding this year.

A group of wealthy investors is betting tens of millions of dollars on a ballot initiative that could net them billions if Buckeye State voters decide this November to legalize marijuana – in a very particular way.


Legalizing marijuana not so 'Responsible'

I have been closely following all of the articles about legalization of marijuana and how the group, ResponsibleOhio, was started. I have only read one letter to the editor from a concerned Ohio resident about the increased probability of mental illness developing among users.According to the National Institutes of Health, "Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug worldwide, with approximately 5 millions of daily users worldwide.

Emerging evidence supports a number of associations between cannabis and psychosis/psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia."A program from National Geographic stated an actual percentage of those who will experience psychosis: 50 percent of all marijuana users will experience psychosis.


Ohio Marijuana Campaign's Voter Registrations Are Being Questioned

The ResponsibleOhio campaign seeks to legalize marijuana for adults in Ohio. The campaign has received a lot of criticism because it only allows ten entities to grow marijuana for profit if the initiative passes. The initiative didn’t have a home grow provision at first, but a provision was added to allow home grow after the campaign received a lot of feedback. I know that a lot of orgs and prominent activists have came out publicly opposing the initiative, while others have refrained from opposing it, but haven’t issued an endorsement yet. To be fair, I haven’t seen any organization or prominent activist that has opposed the measure step up and promise to bring a better initiative in the future, complete with language polling and sufficient funding.


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