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Is marijuana a new growth industry for Ohio? (Video)

The UpTake: Legalizing marijuana could result in a $4.1 billion Ohio industry by 2020. Those are serious numbers for those advocating for the state to join the ranks of those that already permit pot.

I an James, architect of a proposal to legalize pot in Ohio, said it stemmed from a simple notion: "Let's take this from the tie-dye to the suit-and-tie approach to marijuana."

James, CEO of the Strategy Network, a Columbus political consulting firm, turned to Cincinnati lawyer Chris Stock for help. Would Stock draft a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution that would outline how pot would be regulated for personal and medical use? "I've never used marijuana in my life," Stock told James. "I'm not sure I want to be involved." But he relented.


Marijuana legalization could push 2016 Presidential swing state voters

Many marijuana advocates are saying 2016 will be the year for marijuana legalization, thanks in part to a new poll which finds that a majority of voters in several swing stats support legalizing marijuana.

According to the Quinnipiac survey,  55 percent of voters in Florida, 52 percent in Ohio, and 51 percent in Pennsylvania, are in favor of allowing adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.”

As for Medical Marijuana the numbers are even more staggering, with 84 percent of the voters in Florida and Ohio and 88 percent in Pennsylvania stating that they believe medical marijuana should be legal.


Poll: Majority of Ohioans in favor of legal possession of marijuana for adults

CINCINNATI -- A majority of Ohioans favor making it legal for adults to possess a small amount of marijuana for recreational use, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University .

The poll surveyed voters in three swing states -- Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio -- and found support for legalization of the drug for both medical and recreational use.


Support for medical marijuana in Ohio is overwhelming, according to the poll, at 84-15 percent in favor, while support for allowing adults "to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use" is 52-44 percent.


Backers of marijuana legalization efforts in Ohio hope to score support at Cleveland Indians home ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Cleveland Indians fans won't be the only ones who will be humming "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Friday afternoon. Petitioners for two separate efforts to legalize marijuana will also be at Progressive Field looking for support for their proposals to change Ohio's constitution.

ResponsibleOhio and Ohioans To End Prohibition each are collecting signatures from registered voters. The Tribe game with a crowd of more than 40,000 fans offers a chance for each group to get a lot of signatures on their petitions.

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


Which States Will Legalize Marijuana This Year And Next?

At the beginning of 2014, when Colorado became the first state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use, the whole world was watching. “It was insane,” says Toni Fox, owner of Denver’s 3D Cannabis Center, where the first sale happened. “On January 1, there were close to 200 reporters here. Controlled chaos. It was just packed with reporters.”

But the more successful Colorado’s model is and the more imitation it inspires, the less attention it will get. “Colorado is not going to be the top dog for much longer,” says Kayvan Khalatbari, co-owner of the Denver Relief dispensary. “I think it’s only a matter of time before Colorado really gets overlooked.”


Broader marijuana legalization measure detailed in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Supporters laid out language Monday for broad marijuana legalization in Ohio and began collecting signatures for a 2016 ballot campaign.

A spokesman for the Cleveland-based group Ohioans to End Prohibition said the petition effort began at the Opening Day baseball game in Cincinnati.

Jason Wagner said his group’s proposed amendment would provide more cannabis access than a competing proposal by another group, Responsible Ohio. The broader Cannabis Control Amendment would repeal Responsible Ohio’s proposal should the latter make the ballot and pass before next year.


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.


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