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. Never before has it been more obvious than now that Ohio needs to focus more on murders, rapes and abductions than people with small posessions of prohibited drugs. The cop that investigates murders and rapes maybe gets 1 or 2 arrests a month; no overtime: no promotion. The cop that gets 40 arrests shaking down non-violent people for small posessions gets overtime, promoted to sergeant and loots the arrested individual with asset forfeiture.
    During the 10 years three girls were tied up in a Cleveland basement, police didn’t even investigate when a neighbor 2 blocks down reported “a naked woman crawling around the yard.” Our law enforcement is so badly prioritized for busting small posessions that it took some guy off the street (who looked high) to respond to the screams inside the house after a decade of neglect. For shame America. Donate to LEAP and NORMAL and let’s end prohibition now!

  2. pot should be legal to grow as much as you wount.i know that pot helped me A LOT when i had cancer and it helped save my life.man made beer and wiskey and GOD gave us pot.so who do you trust in this life?GOD or man i TRUST ONLEY GODS plants.

  3. Every person should DONATE TIME AND MONEY TO LEAP AND NORMAL FOR THE GREAT job they are doing trying to help us people that is sick that needs pot to help us have a better life here on earth.thank you to all the great people trying to help me have a better life.Also make sure you vote AT EVERY ELLECTION and onley vote for people that are trying to help get pot legal.

  4. David this has got NOTHING to do with god or any religion. I’m totally in agreeance with you in respect to Cancer treatment and other medicinal benefits but you lost me when you mentioned god.

  5. are goverment sits here and allows people to smoke cigs and drink,which both kill millions each year.pot has never, not once had a recorded death.better yet pot has helped bipolar patiants to cancer patiants. so are goverment would rather let millions die from cig and drinking then save one person or make one persons life a little easier. thats are goverment for you america

  6. @Julian, don’t u realize that the police would be better to respond to rapes murders and abductions if they weren’t wasting their time on thousands of petty marijuana offenses? Why are people so ignorant? Ugh!

  7. It is about time, I really hope this is passed. For God’s sake it’s time to end the war on pot. Legalize it and be done with it. C’mon Ohio we can do this !

  8. Just let the people vote. Yes! Just let us decide. Marijuana should not be classified as a street drug but as a plant, a medicinal herb. Money needs to stop being wasted on the drug war and needs to be directed in some part towards helping people…..helping those who have real drug dependency and serious drug addiction to recover and improve the direction of their lives. The time is now. The way things currently stand is simply ludicrous.

  9. marijuana should be legalized it has not caused any deaths in the past. the government can tax it and put it in there funds just like alcohol and “cigz”. People of America should be aloud to grow a plant with extra mortgage payment. i mean people are going to jail over a plant while there are murders and rape. its ridiculous there should be a prescription for the person in medical need of the plant. but there are alot of responsible people out there not every person gets stoned of there but and sits around all day. i mean if the person is retired i would understand. people who go through depression or anxiety or had cancer should be permitted to smoke the plant with a license to purchase. there should be a certain bag that if it is opened can not be and will not be closed the way it was sold so if that person is driving and that bag is opened they should get a ticket and furthermore of a punishment the more they get caught with that same charge. also people should not be aloud to work high the same as being drunk at work its frowned upon. they should be aloud to smoke on there own property. i mean if you tried weed and didn’t over do it the first time on a depressed day you will forget what you was even depressed about and be cold hearted to the facts or oppinions. that’s just like alcohol plus the side effects are not even close to being as bad as pot. cigarettes are legal with more of a chance of cancer than weed will ever produce. the government should focus more on the hard drugs and getting that off the streets. those are the drugs that make pot look bad. weed is not a gate way drug its just people that are serious drug addictions that want a stronger high. weed is legal in various states in America and other countries why not in Ohio so what if it spreads that’s just more money going into the governments pockets. there should still be drug tests but for school and during work not for a job application. LEGALIZE POT PLEASE SAVE LIFE’S

  10. You’re all dumb, seriously. You want the very thing that obviously messed up your education legalized? Are you not reading the whole thing. If it does get passed it’ll be for medical use only and even then its not recognized by the national government just the state, they are going to add massive amounts of tax on it and THE ONLY PRODUCTS ALLOWED WILL BE THE ONES SOLD BY THE STATE. This isn’t a good thing by any means. It also means all the junkies will sit there and put themselves in even more debt and the poverty will increasease the last thing Ohio needs is a bunch of pot heads who won’t work trying to get their “green card” your also going to ruin families and homes all so you jackasses can sayoh my back hurts then get stoned. Screw that if they wanna thc legal then gay rights needs to be legal. Nothing about 2 men or women loving each other is harmful but people get high and get in accidents all the time again ur an idiot if u argue otherwise. Seriously if ur gonna really fight for your “freedom” at least give the gay community theirs.

  11. N think of all the small business men your putting out. Its still gonna be illegal to meet “Bubba on the block” for ur dime bag. Typical junkies only worried about ur fix. Have fun paying 150$ for something you’d typically pay 30$ for

  12. I think that Ohio needs to legalize marijuana it hasn’t caused any deaths or causes any illness like liquor or cigs. Also the government already tax it when the patients buy it so they could use that for are national deficit that is 16trillion dollars and pay China some of their Damn money before we be in warwith them. If California makes 80billion off marijuana a year image if more states revenue was close to that we would be close to being out of debt in about 5yrs. @amber u sound dumb because everyone can’t just buy weed and get stoned all all day and I don’t caste about gay marriage they should do as they please if that makes them happy s*** but I have watched a uncle dye from aids and two aunties suffer from cancer and marijuana was the only thing that stop the pain and gave them the urge to eat… So ohio lets go legalize medical marijuana B-)B-)B-)B-)B-)

  13. Amber……

    What the fuck does Gay marriage have to do with this post or legalizing pot in general ? NOTHING. Fuck off to another post if you want to discuss that. This is a post about legalizing pot in Ohio. Gay Marriage has nothing to do with this. I read your views on legalizing pot and it sounds like you are passionate on the topic, which is great, but stop including other controversial topics that have nothing to do with the post or even this website !

  14. Yeah amber, that was a pretty week argument. Strong arguments stay on topic and yours did not. I would also like to point out to you 15% price increase of $30 is not $150. That tax increase would go to the state as revenue. This income could maybe, in the future, be invested in resources for finding violent criminals and providing rehab and care programs for drug addicts instead of throwing them into jail. Many time addiction is a product of mental issue and sometimes even physical abuse. If you are truly addicted to pot or any drug and you are not breaking other laws you should be provided help with for issue of addiction instead of being locked up.

  15. I wrote ohio state representative brian hill to support this bill….here is my letter to him:

    I’m writing to urge your support for House Joint Resolution 6, which would allow Ohioans to vote on regulating the adult consumption of marijuana.

    Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.

    The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.

    I encourage you to support House Joint Resolution 6 and let the Ohio voters decide if it is time to regulate marijuana.

    Scott H
    HIS RESPONSE TO. ME IS AS FOLLOWS:

    State Representative Brian Hill
    97th House District
    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding House Joint Resolution 6, which would put on the ballot the issue of legalizing marijuana here in Ohio. One of my favorite aspects of this job is the amount of feedback I receive when issues like this are proposed by my colleagues. Since its introduction by Representative Robert Hagan, I have heard from many on both sides of the marijuana topic.

    I have always been opposed to the legalization of marijuana, and remain that way now. For those who claim that medicinal marijuana helps to ease their pain and better certain symptoms they suffer from, there already exists on the legal market synthetic forms of marijuana. Legalizing cannabis in Ohio will only open the door to a world of problems that all stem from drug use: crime, introduction to other (more dangerous) drugs, and increased dependence to other drugs just to name a few. I realize that this legislation would leave it up to the citizens of Ohio to decide whether or not to legalize the drug. While I believe in the democratic system, I was elected and sent to Columbus to vote for the great people of the 97th House District on matters like this, no matter the polarizing effects they have on society. Should we, the General Assembly, vote the way the people don’t like, they can always put it up for a referendum vote and overturn our decision.
    I will continue to research the issue and learn everything that I can to cast an informed vote. However, with the drug problem that already exists in and around Muskingum and Guernsey counties, I don’t see at this time how legalizing marijuana use would help in any way.

    I am proud to represent you in Columbus, and my goal is to achieve those things that are best for our district, and for our state. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to write me regarding this issue.

    Have a nice day,

    Brian D. Hill
    State Representative
    97th House District

  16. They busted our damn door down two nights ago for 6oz of my wife n i’s “stash”, now they are trying to get me on trafficking! Absolutely ridiculous! im still honestly in shock! Thwy were acting like we had some major amount of guns and whatever else they were claiming!

  17. Okay seriously number one Amber you are ignorant and you do not deserve the right to own a computer. Number two marijuana weather it be legalized for medical or recreational or even both should be up to the people plain and simple. I can’t understand how people like Brian D. Hill and “Detective B” can sit there and say that it will not help anything? If it was legalized for medical number one it has been scientifically proven that marijuana helps with pain and appetite in cancer victims as well as many other major diseases including arthritis, diabetes, depression, ADD, ADHD and many others. Why should we not legalize and research it and potentially exploit all the helping factors of it? It is also proven that marijuana can slow the growth of tumors aka cancer cells that right there should be reason enough to legalize and research. Then comes the recreational view that both of those men have which is also that it would do no good and only cause harm. I completely disagree with those statements on the grounds that if it was legalized that would stop all the small town pot dealers and it would open up our prisons alot more and everybody knows how over crowded our prisons are we need this. Legalization of marijuana for recreational use would also stop the war on marijuana and police like ” Detective B” could focus on more pressing matters as in meth, heroin, cocaine, and countless others. Not to mention all the other crimes they could focus on instead of busting down your local potheads door for “6 oz.” and a few smoking utensils. So no I do not agree with any statement that it would cause nothing but harm when the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. My name is Dillon Clemmer I am 18 years old yes its true I am 18 and the way I see it is that if an 18 year old no high school diploma and no GED can figure all of this out why can’t the people who we put in office and pay to protect our freedom and protect our rights who have COLLEGE DEGREES see what is so clearly and so obviously sitting right in front of them?
    My name is Dillon Clemmer and I do support the legalization of the medical and recreational uses of marijuana. Thank you for taking time to read this feel free to send it around the web. I spent a very long time researching the different facts and benefits of marijuana and I really want this to get out into the world. I want all the people who WE AS FREE AMERICANS put in office to see and hear what I have to say!

    Thank You All Keep Supporting,
    Dillon Clemmer
    Columbus, Ohio

  18. I already wrote to my state representative BRIAN HILL…..this guy DOES NOT SUPPORT our freedom to choose! Here is my letter to him & his response back to me :

    I’m writing to urge your support for House Joint Resolution 6, which would allow Ohioans to vote on regulating the adult consumption of marijuana.

    Never in modern history has there existed greater public support for ending the nation’s nearly century-long experiment with marijuana prohibition and replacing it with regulation. The historic votes on Election Day in Colorado and Washington – where, for the first time ever, a majority of voters decided at the ballot box to abolish cannabis prohibition – underscore this political reality.

    The ongoing enforcement of cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. Furthermore, the criminalization of cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for state lawmakers to acknowledge this reality. It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and it is time for lawmakers to impose common-sense regulations governing cannabis’ personal use by adults and licensing its production. A pragmatic regulatory framework that allows for limited, licensed production and sale of cannabis to adults – but restricts use among young people – best reduces the risks associated with its use or abuse.

    I encourage you to support House Joint Resolution 6 and let the Ohio voters decide if it is time to regulate marijuana.

    Scott Hill
    ………………………………………………………………………..,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    State Representative Brian Hill
    97th House District
    Dear Scott,

    Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding House Joint Resolution 6, which would put on the ballot the issue of legalizing marijuana here in Ohio. One of my favorite aspects of this job is the amount of feedback I receive when issues like this are proposed by my colleagues. Since its introduction by Representative Robert Hagan, I have heard from many on both sides of the marijuana topic.

    I have always been opposed to the legalization of marijuana, and remain that way now. For those who claim that medicinal marijuana helps to ease their pain and better certain symptoms they suffer from, there already exists on the legal market synthetic forms of marijuana. Legalizing cannabis in Ohio will only open the door to a world of problems that all stem from drug use: crime, introduction to other (more dangerous) drugs, and increased dependence to other drugs just to name a few. I realize that this legislation would leave it up to the citizens of Ohio to decide whether or not to legalize the drug. While I believe in the democratic system, I was elected and sent to Columbus to vote for the great people of the 97th House District on matters like this, no matter the polarizing effects they have on society. Should we, the General Assembly, vote the way the people don’t like, they can always put it up for a referendum vote and overturn our decision.
    I will continue to research the issue and learn everything that I can to cast an informed vote. However, with the drug problem that already exists in and around Muskingum and Guernsey counties, I don’t see at this time how legalizing marijuana use would help in any way.

    I am proud to represent you in Columbus, and my goal is to achieve those things that are best for our district, and for our state. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to write me regarding this issue.

    Have a nice day,

    Brian D. Hill
    State Representative
    97th House District
    LETSSSSS GETTTTT THISSS ON THE BALLOT IN 2013 OHIOANS!!!!!!

  19. I have watched a close friend of the family slowly die of cancer.at first they gave her buckets of opiates and everything else under the sun.as soon as she smoked,instantly she would be laughing,eating and holding it down going back for seconds.watched her get the energy to want to get up and live.she smoked till the day she passed.it just is a win win situation except the criminals,becuase there will be no need for a gang to distribution.theres still plenty of other very bad drugs for the dea and related organizations to keep there jobs.we cant be fooled anymore.

  20. oviouslly brian hill dosnt know a thing about the medical value of marijuana.if his wife caught cancer.would he rather have her strung out on opiates and other worse pills that produce no real difference his relative,turn them into zombies or let them smoke and be able to smile fill better,eat. with a lot less side affects. you can tell his lack of knowledge on the subject ,by the way he states his knowledge.if you think telling us your doing it for whatever districts own good.nice try when is the last time you spoke with real people in the district. you must be a puppet in office to even speak with such lack of factual info.

  21. get with the program ,or Columbus wont want u.name some reasons that are true about how its bad. remember alchohol will directly kill u. and cigs are are joice. I don’t know anyone who smokes cigerettes and gets no positive medical results{no medical use exsists }and there both major lobbys. if there was a gateway drug its by far alcohol. were tired of being told what we cant do ,when kennedy embargoed cuba, he told his people to buy up as many Cubans before he signed the embargo. the whitehouse had moonshine shipped in the whole time prohibition went on.and look how that went.

  22. I haven’t been following my post but I think myself that war onmmarijuana is a waste of tax payers money and a waste of time one the cops behave because like a few of the other people posted there are for more drugs that they can focus on…. Also spend time the sick a** stuff that’s going on like like kids going missing rapes and these unnecessary murders in the inner city..also are they serious about a gateway drug come on kids are doing bath salts and Popping pill that they are stealing from their relatives man I even see dope heads young as 16 and those drugs did not start from smoking a joint. Even liquor,beer and cigarettes are killing people every da. A lot of things aren’t adding up to me if they can tax it and make it like other state that are making millions that is money to help a lot of stuff like this nationals deficits that is raising everyday.we owe China trillions of dollars u think them people going keep letting are bully ass not pay them. Please. The government steals half of the taxes payers money already that’s more to make LOL but seriously marijuana really have a ton of medical propertys that are needed to sick people of so many illnesses it like they wanna give them the stuff that makes them feel worse. Come on Ohio vote yes on house joint resolution 6…its up to us

  23. Amber you is dumb as fuck. We won’t pay that type of money for it look and do your research stupid we will rather have medical then Reggie anyway. U should kill yourself Wtf weed never killed any like liquor and beer everyday shit cops kill more people on the daily bases when have bud. U the type of bitch that will keep giving her sick family pills that have far worse drugs in it then let a family member some a joint to easy the pain. U piss me off everytime read one of your post if u don’t agree just vote no and be done with it. And so what if it legal state not fed how gives a fuck the feds is the number one dealers for ohio it would help a state that’s starting to fall to Hell no job no housing and homeless people. Amber u sound like your a cop or u just blow them smh your new name us pork pus lol

  24. I do also believe marijuana should be legalized in Ohio. It’s helps so many people with sickness, gives hope and happiness to those who are depressed, helps create peace between multiple people, increases hunger which could benefit the elder. some don’t have much of an appetite and are continuously loosing weight. This would also would decrease the crime rates. I could talk about this all day!!…..

  25. Okeres my piece. As a true toker for its recreational and medicinal purposes I feel cannabis should be legalized. I see everyone on here arguing. Most of you should have paid more attention in school. I mean come on the misspellings and incorrect grammer… Just because you’re a toker doesn’t mean you can’t sound educated. At least help us all build a better reputation than a bunch of illiterate junkies. I fully support the use of medical marijuana, and will gladly vote. So come on guys and girls. If you’re going to try and make a point and stand up to somebody putting our lifestyle down… At least sound intelligent when doing so.

  26. My friend pays 40 for a quarter in colorado! Of goodstuff! That would save my wallet’s life. And colorado is making billions off of it. Why not make money off of something people are going to do anyway? There is no stopping it, but we might as well take the worry out of doing it….. And it all started because it made white women sleep with black men.. My how the times have changed.. Now everyone is too nieve to see that the positive effects out number the negative effects 1000-1

  27. Unless you have smoked weed, you don’t know just how amazing it is. Not just the “high”, but all of the psychological benefits as well. It’s relaxing/calming, it can aid in focus and studies, it boosts creativity, aids with sleep disorders, it helps boost the libido, it can promote spiritual development and self-actualization (for me, anyway). It’s not very hard on the lungs, and it doesn’t toxify the blood and liver on the same level as alcohol and whiskey. I could go on and on about the benefits. Not only did it help me deal with my emotional issues, but it helped me improve my relationships with my friends and loved ones as I was able to focus deeply on my own personal problems and get at the root of my emotional traumas and negative personality traits. You may think I’m exaggerating, but unless you try it, you don’t know and you can’t fairly judge the situation.

    The only negative side effect I have experienced is one heck of an appetite (as I try to eat healthy and control my diet). So, I eat a little more than I should, though it makes food taste SO much better. I just keep more healthy food around to combat this. And, of course, it can help you have a heck of a fun time with your friends and family.

    The negative stigma that surrounds marijuana was created out of confusion and misunderstanding. It’s not a “demon” weed, and anyone that tells you it is has NEVER tried it. Of course, smoking too much can lead to certain level of cognitive dysfunction, i.e. the user might not think as clearly, but one has to consume a good amount at a given time to be impaired at that level. It’s the same with alcohol, but the effects from smoking marijuana last at least 10x as long, and all it takes is one good puff for most. But honestly, I can’t even compare it to alcohol. It’s a far better and rewarding experience. I don’t even drink to relax anymore. Honestly, I don’t have a bad thing to say about this plant other than I don’t like having to hide my use. Please, before you strike this down, at least try it, assuming you can do so responsibly. Thank you.

  28. I believe it should be up to the individual on what he or she puts in their bodies. Marijuana does affect your motor controls, so being high while driving is not a good idea, and is the only way I can think of that would cause death. There are still too many people who do not know all the facts about marijuana and its relation to other drugs. Marijuana contains a drug, but is not itself a drug. It is a PLANT. Like many plants, it has many, many, many uses. Please stop comparing it to alcohol, as it is like comparing aspirin to vegetables. They both have a use, but are not used to compare the effects on your body. It is also a gateway drug in that if you go to your local “dealer”, he may not have any marijuana, but he might have some coke or crack for you to try! People who are looking to escape their world will use anything and everything, and most of them will tell you that they actually started with alcohol or pills, both of which can and are obtained legally, are taxed, and contribute to death daily. Please let your local politicians know that they need to support the legalization and taxation of marijuana and HEMP. Its the only thing that will get our nation out of debt, and save our planet from the destruction we have reaped upon it.

  29. Peace on to all… The evils of the world are strong threw the strength of ignorance. Intelligence is the only weapon of mass destruction we can truly use to eradicate these demons. Alcohol and cigz keeps the right palms greesed, ie doctors need sick people. With weed being ok’d many of the sheep (people) will self medicate threw knowledge of self. # Shepards develop god complexes

  30. Think weed should be alowed bec its just a plant and it don’t kill anyone like crack or meth or other drugs weed don’t hurt anyone at all. It just gives u a buzz like beer dose from what I hard and it don’t kill ppl and it helps cancer from the ppl that told me I

  31. These junkies you talk about Amber are whom? I do believe that not one person said that their lives are messed up soley to marijuana. I am a RN and an ANP (adult nurse practitioner) and currently working on my DNP. What do you do? No judgement passed but unless you know the human body and what man made drugs do to the human liver kidneys and other organs please don’t pass judgment. I am currently working very hard at my job and I do support medical marijuana. I have experienced migraine headaches (a neurological conditon, learn about them..they suck) my entire life and seemingly they had stopped throughout my college career. I did not know why they had stopped until I had to stop using cannibus and they began to come back with a vengeance. I have tried many prescription drugs and still they have been recurring. Cannibus seems to be the only thing that helps this condition for me. With a prescription this can be regulated and as for calling marijuana a gateway drug is balderdash. Every prescription I write for oxycodone or anyother opiate, benzodiazepine, or stimulant in that matter I am hesitant about the dependency effects it may have on the person. These drugs work wonders for the specific usage but are highly abused in society. Too much can kill. Too much water can kill, too much alcohol can kill, too much of anything can kill you. Too much cannibus????? Will make you fall asleep. Cannibus is the only thing known to man which cannot directly kill you. I say directly because I imagine someone out there will say it kills brain cells. Fact? Doubtful. The only way it will kill brain cells is if the fair exchange of Oxygen does not occur in your lungs and cannibus doesn’t have to be smoked so don’t tell me it’s bad for your lungs. I can continue to ramble, but one more point I will make is, I do agree that children under the age of 18 or even 21 should not be prescribed it. I am not saying it is bad for them but not enough research has been done about the development on the human brain and its effect on the growing brain of a child. I do not know why it is still outlawed in Ohio for medical use in adults. If this is not passed on the ballot this year it is simply due to miseducation, not because of harm. Those who vote on it will see the word cannibus or marijuana and automatically think that it is a bad and they will vote know with 0 education on the subject. Just like I believe anyone who votes in general should have to take a test to show knowledge in the subject or on the person they are voting for or against. Please give me an educated valid argument about this subject..I have not heard one yet. Please for my sake and the sake of many others out there in Ohio who love this state and love the city they live in vote yes, and keep the population growing. Some of the smartest people you know in this state may up and leave due to this. Sanjay Gupta swallowed his pride changed his mind… It’s time the rest of us do too.

  32. amber clearly spews unintelligent useless non factual phrases from her piehole. none of which has any statistical value. people should research information before assuming conclusions, u know what they say ASSuming makes an ASS out out of AMBER!

  33. and yes! watch the recent dr sanjay episode, so helpful if you seriously want to find out how cannabis can help, even small sick children. my friends i think we are on the cusp of something VERY big here! legalize, study, produce and get rid of the AWFUL poison(pill) companies!

  34. ok lets get this straight for some of you that are misunderstood. HJR6 is for the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, HB153 is for medical marijuana.Either way light it up and stand up for what you believe

  35. please! got to get this on the ballot so everyone can see we out # those who oppose. yes let the police go back to having honor and be the best, that they can be ,so as we can look up to them with pride, trust and faith. right now its sad . our country has been run into the ground by the grey haired generation that sent us to viet nam. we were the disposable generation and they still run us! ohio needs this on the ballot!

  36. ihave contacted my state rep and they all seem to say the same thing they dont care what we think they say marajuana is a dangerous drug and they will not support legalization i say vote them out of office

  37. Lets all support recreational legalization! Pro and (supposed) cons have been laid out. Pot wouldn’t be a gateway if you didn’t have to buy it from a criminal. However, if its legalized for Med use only, our m3 possession charge ($100 fine) would become f2 possession (3-5 years) not to mention the inaccessibility for those without health ins. Grow it, smoke it, legalize it, but educate yourselfs before you vote. Not all “legalization ” bills are created equal.

  38. Amber I would like to get together with you to discuss marijuana.If you can get some marijuana I will listen t anything you have to say without judgement.

  39. I agree with amber, I won’t be voting yes on it, if it dose become legal we will have ppl saying they need it when they really don’t n ruin it for the ppl who really would need it, weed is stupid! I vote no!!

  40. Stupid would be allowing a substace that kills hundreds of thousands of deaths such as alcohol, but the state and fed gov make waaaay to much on it to refrain. All the duis, thefts, deaths, accidents, hospitilization, etc….. Marijuana does none of this

  41. If they do then ever body in jail in them charges need out of jail in the world thats wrong to keep there freedom on bullshit

  42. Its sad to see that people are willing to deprive patients the medicine they need based on fears they can’t truly justify. Due to the wide variety of illnesses that can be treated by marijuana, who are you to say who needs it and who doesn’t? Lets leave that to the medical professionals. Anyway the real discussion should be about a HJR6 which would legalize the drug for recreation. There are plenty who don’t agree with pot use in any form, which is fine. Don’t smoke it. But do not tell me what to do with my own body. I wouldn’t do that to anyone else. Please please please educate yourselves before posting small minded, uninformed opinions. It makes all Ohioans look like the Appalachian Hicks most of the country already thinks we are. I’m not, are you?

  43. Waiting for the legislature to act is a mistake. Ohio’s conservative Governor will surely do everything he can to derail this. The citizens need to sign the petitions to put this on the ballot without the blessing of the legislature. They came close once before but they were short of signatures because of poor organization.

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