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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.

 

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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.

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The Cannabis Patch Production Begins in Aspen

Ganjaprenuer Josh Meacham can finally say he’s found a sweet spot to make his pot patches.

Meacham began production this week of the cannabis-infused patches at his lablike facility below the now-defunct Johnny McGuire’s Deli at 730 E. Cooper Ave.

RX Green is the name of the startup company with just a handful of employees. And it’s been awhile in the making.

At one time, Meacham had planned to manufacture the patches at the old Poppies Bistro Cafe building at 834 W. Hallam St., but that deal fell through, leading him to find a spot in the Buckhorn Arms building.

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Arizona medical marijuana for PTSD study gets OK from feds

PHOENIX -- An Arizona-based psychiatrist and marijuana researcher is moving forward with a controversial cannabis study that could have nationwide implications.

Just months after her termination from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Sue Sisley has been given the go-ahead from the federal government for the study and has secured funding as well.

Sisley has faced numerous hurdles in her efforts to study the effects of four marijuana strains on veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It has been five years now battling the government at all levels to try to get this study underway," she said.

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President Obama Talks About Problems of War on Drugs With Creator of HBO’s The Wire

President Barack Obama and David Simon, the creator of HBO’s The Wire, sat down to talk honestly about the challenges law enforcement face and the consequences communities bear from the war on drugs.

 

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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.

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Marijuana bust leads to millions in cash and plants, a whole lot of smiley mugshot photos

  • Photos By Colorado Department of Law 

    Lindsay Geinert is one of 32 subjects arrested as part of a multi-million dollar marijuana bust in Colorado. Authorities say the operation supplied drugs to Texas and other states. Along with the arrests, $1.5 million in cash, 4,600 pounds of pot and 2,000 plants were seized.

  • Everett Grove is one of 32 subjects arrested as part of a multi-million dollar marijuana bust in Colorado. Authorities say the operation supplied drugs to Texas and other states. Along with the arrests, $1.5 million in cash, 4,600 pounds of pot and 2,000 plants were seized.

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Diego Pellicer Faces Subpoena

Federal investigators have subpoenaed Diego Pellicer Worldwide, a newly public company whose marijuana-related business barely exists. Also, Starbucks rises to No. 2 in U.S. restaurant sales, topping Subway.

The Top 5 Things You Don’t Want to Say when introducing a new public company might be:

No. 5. We’ve received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney.

No. 4. We’ve only got one real paying customer.

No. 3. We’re not sure when we can actually collect any money from that customer.

No. 2. We’re lending money to keep that customer running.

No. 1. We’re not sure what the U.S. Attorney wants, but in the worst-case scenario, our officers could be imprisoned and our investors hosed.

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New Marijuana-Legalization Ballot Campaign Launched in Arizona

A new marijuana-legalization initiative campaign was filed with the state today, but its organizers aren't ready to say much about it.

The chairman of the campaign, Dr. Gina Berman, is the same chairman of the Marijuana Policy Project of Arizona initiative campaign launched in September.

The MPP group, which was responsible for the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, has been working with various stakeholders' groups -- or not working with them, depending on who you talk to -- and hasn't yet released an official draft initiative.

Berman's new group doesn't have any ballot language to offer the public yet, either. And she's not answering questions about today's filing or why she's apparently now running two campaigns.

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Third effort to get marijuana on Maine ballot is underway

South Portland's police chief is calling for more oversight of the medical marijuana industry in Maine.(Photo: NEWS CENTER)

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A third effort is afoot to get marijuana legalization on Maine's ballot.

Democratic state Rep. Mark Dion of Portland says he is talking to other legislators about co-sponsoring his bill. The bill proposes to ask residents about creation, regulation and taxation of a structure for recreational use of marijuana. It includes a proposed 10 percent tax rate for recreational marijuana.

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Cannabis Could Block H.I.V.’s Spread

But the U.S. government won’t let scientists try out this promising treatment on humans.

On a warm summer day in Chicago at the International Cannabinoid Research Conference, hundreds of marijuana researchers were giggling.

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