Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Put Marijuana Legalization Before State Voters

Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters. House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.

“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” stated Representative Hagan.

To be placed on the ballot, HJR 6 would need to receive a three-fifths vote from the legislature. The full text of the measure is available online here.

If you live in Ohio, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him/her to support this historic legislation! It is time to let the people of Ohio decide for themselves whether or not it is time to legalize marijuana.


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  1. So this cannabis has by far worked better for me then any Rx drug which all I have from them is this damn dependecy that has run me thru the dirt I have used medically for over 8yrs in CA and CO iam wheelchair bound with severe spasticity had to get a spinal tap and implant to aid in relief anyhow cannabis has given me more spasm relief then any 4 or more Rx pill combo they’ve tried native Americans used for decades why can’t we….I will no matter where or what law Ohio is my next stop!

  2. I will make it a point next year to vote down anyone who votes against pot legalization. I say this as a long time pot smoker and long time professional in social services. There is research that demonstrates that marijuana acts as an anti-inflammatory, and more research that points to inflammation as the underlying cause of our worst chronic illnesses; diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, depression, other mental illnesses that are exacerbated by stress, cancer…these illnesses constitute probably 60% of health care costs, both in hospitalizations and medications. Other research demonstrates that long term marijuana users tend to be thinner and more active. Exercise is well known to be a major protector against most diseases of aging (see above illnesses). So, logically speaking, if people were allowed to smoke pot within regulations that ensure public safety, then those people would have protective factors against these diseases that are going to bankrupt our health care system (Obamacare or not)(It’s not Obamacare that’s the problem, it’s our unhealthy lifestyle). And if “those people” were going to have decreased occurrence of the above illnesses, then it would save significantly in health care costs. This does not begin to account for the additional savings from less use of the legal system, fewer people on disability (oh yes, the above illnesses are also major reasons for being on disability) So, conceivably, legalizing marijuana would be in the public’s best interest all around.

    Oh, and I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it until someone does serious research on this: We now have abundant data on highway and traffic safety-accidents, deaths, violations, etc. We also have been doing an in vitro experiment with medical marijuana, in that we can compare states that sanction medical use of marijuana with states that don’t allow it, and compare these states with records regarding traffic safety. when I did a brief survey it showed states that legalized mj actually had a DECREASE in traffic incidents, while the more restrictive states had both a higher rate of alcoholism as well as higher rate of traffic violations.

    so again, is this not in the public’s best interest? Someone PLEASE do research on this, do a paper, look up the articles I’m talking about, and let’s do this!!

  3. People are dumb as hell ya let’s keep weed illegal so that way we keep having good hard working ppl gettin ransoms for no reason n loosing jobs for being high out of wrk u wonder why ppl steal,kill n shit n if ur really comparing alcohol,tabbacco,n Rex drugs to weed ur an idiot ppl die of liver failures rink n drive n kill innocent ppl tabbacco causes how many cancers last Tyme I checked weed don’t kill ppl it helps for good people that need it to feel ok in this economy with no jobs I hav a horrible temper,anxiety,depression,and back pain I don’t take Vic’s or Xanax for it I smoke d buds n it’s funny I’m not addicted to it I get randomed every month so I haven’t been able to smoke in a month now so if I was so dependent pretty sure I’d b in rehab right now like alcoholics are, or taking chantix to quit smoking cigs that has a thousand horrible side effects..u want more jobs there ya go legalize the shit n stfu u want debt to go away for the govt LEGALIZE!!!! I’ve had jobs n smoked before work,drove on it n I’ve never had a job incident or been in an accident where I was at fault so nice try with that bein a prob ppl that don’t want it legalized Are ppl that have never tried it or have done it once n got really high n didn’t like it u gotta do it a few times to get used to it to where it’s just a great high u like or u can b like my parents n say they smoked when they were younger but didn’t inhale but to them it’s still a bad thing if that makes any sense lol…anyway screw u haters n LEGALIZE!!!!!!!!

  4. Marijuana is not a dangerous drug; consider alcohol as the most deadly drug available that kills more Americans than any other drug available. Legalizing would eliminate the street distribution and the street violence associated with drug dealing. If anyone is against it; do your homework. It’s a plant not a process of being distributed throughout the street. WISE up! The only gateway drug is underage drinking with low inhibition. This all started early in the 1900’s as a racist ban. Learn before making your choice! PRO-LEGALZING!!!

  5. We so need to legalize this in Ohio. I have a 24 year old son who suffers from Epilepsy and has a feeding tube due to the meds from his Epilepsy that make him not want to eat. He has to have such high doses that the meds are making him sicker. We just went to the Doctors last week for tremors that he is having and now have found out that he has Parkinson’s from the meds he has to take from the side effects of his seizures meds which is Haldol. I feel that the Marijuana is his only hope because all these dam meds are slowly killing him. I would love to be able to move him to Colorado but I don’t have the ability financially to do this. I feel they are not allowing me to be able to provide the help That will save my son by not legalizing this it is just crazy when you see all that it can do for these sick people. I could probably get him off all his meds if they would which is 26 pills a day. Its just crazy.

  6. I really hope It gets legalized in Ohio it would help me and my daughter with our medical conditions tremendously. Her with her sezuires and me with my rheumatoid arthritis and my lupus

  7. Hopefully our state will follow Colorado and Washington state in the legalization of marijuana. Not only will this hopefully stop all of the incarcerations for a substance that is scientifically safer than alcohol in regards to abuse. People can drink alcohol and die easier then smoking Marijuana, the amount of marijuana consumption to be lethal is pretty high. Hyponatremia is easier achieved by drinking excess amount of water and lowering the amount of sodium (salt) in the blood. With legalization of marijuana also comes great responsibility. If warnings and commercials are available to educate about the hazards of consuming this substance as well as strict laws governing what we the people can and can not do while under the influence of the substance then I see no problem with it being legalized. I also can see no harm in this being passed, this will open up many jobs in a time of economic depression. The revenue created by the approval of H.J.R No 6 will only help with the lacking economy and also prison space will open up and saving a lot of the tax payers money. That extra money can then be used elsewhere to benefit our nation. Ohio is headed in the right direction and I have no doubt that we will legalize this with the overwhelming support of our citizens.

  8. I will vote for this most definetly..alchol is way worse in my opinion. they never drug test for that and people go to work drunk all the time. they never go in there right after smoking. how dumb would that be..really america

  9. this new law is all WRONG,WRONG,WRONG! it creates a new cartel,will create new regulations,and as far as taxes, it opens the door to all kinds of state involvement. i think by now anyone knows that once the gov’t. gets involved, things get screwed up. i’v already seen estimates of prices between 500-2000/oz! like cigs they will keep piling on every time they want money.plus the money never ends up where it’s supposed to.
    my proposal:treat it like jimmy carter did brewing beer at home; allow a limited no. of plants grown at home,rules the same:cannot sell it;personal use only (except small amounts to carry and share)for gods sake, keep the govt. out of it.it will be so expensive it will go right back underground and nothing will change. it will turn cops into tax collectors!

  10. I say legalize and tax it BUT, not so expensive that the black market can undercut it. It’s not expensive to grow, there a reasons it is called “weed” because it grow ANYWHERE. I suffer though epilepsy and if I miss a dose I have a seizure, the meds I’m taking causes dizziness and damages my liver sometimes I forget to take or forget if I took them or not so my liver takes a beating. I would like to see research with either state or colleges to make “super” stains so each the problems. If you have children there a way to take the “high” away and there a already a product call CBD (cannabidiol) and available in Ohio. It’s a shot a the dark and might not solve the problem. Inclusion, Legalize for 21 and over and have medicinal for 20 and under. As for the “monopoly” for the “growers” wait 6 months or 12 months see how it goes, to much of a demand put more farms to expensive, break up monopoly and go for a free-for-all growers to keep prices down. Please vote and be mindful, take all the fact in before you say yes or no. I’m a proud Ohioan and don’t want to move to the state up north. ^^

  11. here in Denver its been a bunch of crap,deception,and lies.tax rev so we thought was for schools.sounds good olny to find later just the first year for schools. now the money is funding police departments. the weed is very low grade at best although looks good. its a cash crop packed with fertilizers for quick yields.you can get a halfe ass stone if you buy shatter hash at 63$ a gram yet stiil not the fast times at ridgemont high buzz you would expect at 63$ a bullshit gram not to mention d.u.i. laws another snag. the upside you can grow your own 6 plat max. don’t buy there clones its a rip off. dig up the seeds from your stash box and grow that way if you wanta get stoned. so in the end pay attention after all remember pot was a gateway drug that make men grow tits and destroy ones memory. yet now its marketed ass a health supplement. money grubben pussys do you get it. pay attention don’t get skunked like we did.

  12. I can agree with medical marijuana, but even that is abused. Our children don’t need more vises. They need to learn to deal with each other & society.

    [Editor’s note: And your point here is what? All drugs can be abused, ergo, should all drugs be banned? Alcohol can and is abused massively across these United States every hour of everyday. Gee, maybe government should prohibit it? Wonder how that would work?

    Vice is for adults, not children. Not surprisingly, a moral conservative like Gov. Kasich did not just sign a bill, passed by a majority of OH legislators, that allows children to access cannabis for vice.]

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