Advocates: Legalization could hurt medical marijuana

Under the ResponsibleOhio measure, a regulatory Marijuana Control Commission would license nonprofit dispensaries to sell medical cannabis.

At 11, Lucy Scholten fights for her life. She experiences epileptic seizures every day, and she contends with cerebral palsy. She has tried more than a dozen medications to ease her symptoms, to no avail. The next step, said her mother Nicole Scholten, should be medical marijuana.

But the answer, Scholten said, is not full legalization as envisioned by a group of wealthy investors called ResponsibleOhio. Lucy and other children with catastrophic illness would not be protected under ResponsibleOhio's proposed constitutional amendment, Scholten said.


New poll shows Ohio majority favors legal marijuana

COLUMBUS -- A new Quinnipiac University Poll found that 84 percent of registered Ohio voters back legalizing medical-use marijuana. 14 percent oppose it.

A slender majority, however, supports legalizing it for personal use.

Quinnipiac University sampled voters in three key swing states. 84 percent of registered voters in Florida back medical marijuana legalization. In Pennsylvania, 88 percent of voters would OK it.

52 percent of Ohioans would approve legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Ohio voters could face one or more issues on the November ballot from groups hoping to legalize marijuana in the state.


Toledo marijuana site owner selected

A Cincinnati developer will be the primary owner of the Toledo marijuana-growing facility if Ohio voters approve a proposed marijuana legalization amendment, the campaign announced today.

David Bastos, a partner with Capital Investment Group Inc., is the lead investor in the firm that will own 6070 Hagman Rd. in North Toledo.

The 28.5-acre site, now a corn field with a house, will be one of 10 marijuana “grows” allowed in the state under an amendment to the Ohio Constitution, if voters approve in the Nov. 3 election. All 10 locations, which will grow marijuana and sell it to manufacturers, medical dispensaries, and marijuana retailers, are already identified, by parcel number, in the proposed amendment.


Ohio lawmakers again avoid answering questions, this time on marijuana

Most people have opinions about legalizing marijuana — unless they happen to be state legislators.

Ask Ohioans, and there is a response. For example, in a 2014 poll, Quinnipiac University asked 1,379 registered voters if they supported legalizing marijuana. An overwhelming 87 percent said yes to legalization for medical use and a simple majority, 51 percent, said yes to recreational use.

However, ask 132 state lawmakers in Ohio similar questions and getting no response is more likely than getting an opinion one way or another.

Only 24 — or 18 percent of the state legislature — were willing to respond at all about an issue that has been in the news for months as a proposal on marijuana legalization winds its way to the statewide ballot.


Summary of the five Ohio marijuana proposals

There are five legalization efforts underway in the state, four by ballot measures to amend to the state’s constitution and one as a proposed legislative bill in the House of Representatives. Following is a quick look at what the measures call for.



Initiative: Marijuana Legalization Amendment.

Ballot goal: November 2015.

Background: This business-backed, political action committee announced its plan to get on the November ballot. The group has cleared all certification and is collecting the needed 305,591 signatures to get on the ballot.

Amendment basics:

• Legalizes medicinal and recreational use for those 21 and older.

• Limits commercial production to 10 growing locations.


Family moves for medical marijuana

The Benton family -- Addyson, 3, Heather and Adam -- stand outside of their Liberty Township home on March 25. The Benton family has since left to receive a form of medical marijuana in Colorado to treat Addyson's epilepsy.(Photo: The Enquirer/ Amanda Rossmann)Buy Photo

The Benton family has finally decided enough is enough. Heather Benton and her three-year-old daughter Addyson boarded a plane bound for Colorado on Thursday afternoon. Heather's husband, Adam, and their two dogs won't be too far behind in the moving truck.

Addyson was diagnosed with myoclonic epilepsy at 14 months old. Tests showed she was having over 1,000 seizures a day. After trying several medications unsuccessfully, the family was almost without hope.


Marijuana found in USPS boxes

Investigators found four pounds of marijuana, hash and postal service boxes and labels at a home in Oxford.

OXFORD, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials in Butler County worked with the United States Postal Service to find out who’s shipping marijuana across the country.

Investigators found four pounds of marijuana, hash and postal service boxes and labels at a home in Oxford.

Investigators say 25 year old Kyle Fledderman received the drugs from Colorado.

He’s now in jail facing drug trafficking and possession charges.

Investigators found four pounds of marijuana, hash and postal service boxes and labels at a home in Oxford.



Tafts would own marijuana farm

A marijuana plant, photographed during a bust by Fort Thomas Police in Kentucky on Tuesday, October 10, 2006.(Photo: File photo)

Two scions of the city's storied Taft family have invested in the Butler County property that would serve as one of the 10 marijuana-producing farms should voters legalize marijuana in November.

Brothers Woody Taft, a private equity investor, and Dudley Taft Jr., a noted local musician, expressed support Wednesday for the ResponsibleOhio ballot initiative for a constitutional amendment. The language would allow adults over 21 to use marijuana and children, with parental consent, to get medical cannabis to treat illness.


Ohio may legalize pot this year

Peter Thiel's fund gets into pot Ohio has taken a step closer to becoming the fifth state to legalize marijuana.

A group is gathering signatures to amend the state's constitution so that Ohioans can legally consume marijuana for medical and recreational use.

The group, called ResponsibleOhio, needs to collect more than 300,000 signatures to put the amendment to a vote in November.

If voters approve the amendment, Ohio would join Colorado, Washington Oregon and Alaska as states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Washington, D.C., allows recreational use of marijuana, but it's still illegal to sell pot there. Many other states have legalized medical marijuana.

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Employers: Legalizing marijuana affects workplace safety, hires

Local business stakeholders say legalizing marijuana could further impact a workplace already marred by an inability to find workers who can pass a drug test.

As several issues promoting marijuana legalization in Ohio move forward in an effort to be placed on November’s ballot, a major concern is how employers would deal with workforce safety and drug testing.

“We don’t really support legalizing marijuana as an employer,” said Robert Toews, chief financial officer for Kaivac Inc., adding that having workers able to smoke cannabis, even off the job, could create confusion in the workplace.


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