ResponsibleOhio Initiative Qualifies For The 2015 November Ballot

ballot_box_leafThe Ohio Secretary of State’s office yesterday confirmed that a statewide ballot proposal seeking to permit the personal use and commercial production and retail sale of cannabis will appear on the November ballot. Proponents of the measure, Responsible Ohio, gathered sufficient signatures to place the issue before voters as a constitutional amendment.

Ohio now has the opportunity to join Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. as states that have passed laws allowing for the personal possession and consumption of cannabis by adults.

If enacted, the measure would initially establish 10 state-licensed commercial growing sites. (State regulators will have the opportunity to grant additional licenses if these initial production sites do not adequately meet demand.) Commercially produced cannabis will be sold at over 1,000 proposed retail dispensaries.

A minimum of five regional marijuana testing facilities will be established to regularly check the chemical compounds found in the product for adequate labeling for consumers and regulators.

Additionally, residents over the age of 21 will be allowed to purchase a $50 license to grow their own marijuana plants with a limit of 4 plants per household and/or 8 ounces of useable product at a time. The amendment also establishes a non-profit medical marijuana dispensary system to provide access to those patients with a recommendation from a physician. Medical marijuana will not be taxed and will be provided on a needs-based fee system. Commercial marijuana production will be taxed at 5% when purchased for personal use and 15% at the wholesale and manufacturing level.

You can read the full text of the amendment here.

58 thoughts

  1. The challenge now is the campaign to Get Out the Vote. The backers have the big bucks it looks like so they’d better not skimp on the money they spend on advertising and gra$$ root$ (pun intended)networks that see to it that younger voters, and other demographic categories that are pro-legalization, show up at the polling places and vote FOR legalization. The scuttlebutt was that they should wait till the presidential election in 2016 for a better turnout of younger voters.

    I’d hate to see the Ohio ballot initiative crap out like California’s did. Yes, they can try again in 2016 when the voter turnout ought to be better. It’s a hell of a lot more money all over again, though.

    Come on Ohio! First state west of the Mississippi to legalize adult recreational. State, not like DC, a state! Yeah, the Buckeye State, yeah!

  2. I’ve been waiting 48 years for something like this to finally happened! I’ve lived all over the world been in different cultures for many many years and you’re damned Stockholm just everywhere and from what I’m seeing for example and Amsterdam people don’t raise a big deal about it they go in have a smoke go home or go to the gym or whatever I mean it’s finally a great moment in my life when Ohio finally wakes up.! Just wanted to put my 2 cents in there even though it’s awfully we can always go to mouth but it’s good to have it in because I’ve got something going on with my lungs and it just is falling into place really good peace on everyone and may your life be more tolerable now in your own head.

  3. I’ve been waiting 48 years for something like this to finally happened! I’ve lived all over the world been in different cultures for many many years and lived in Amsteerdam and Stockholm just everywhere and from what I’m seeing for example and Amsterdam people don’t raise a big deal about it they go in have a smoke go home or go to the gym or whatever I mean it’s finally a great moment in my life when Ohio finally wakes up.! Just wanted to put my 2 cents in there even though it’s awfully we can always go to mouth but it’s good to have it in because I’ve got something going on with my lungs and it just is falling into place really good peace on everyone and may your life be more tolerable now in your own head.

  4. I will not be supporting this monopolizing law. Requiring a license to grow? No thanks. Can only have a few plants with 8 ounces total? Nope again. Creates a growing monopoly to supply the entire state? Nah, I’m not gonna do it. No industrial hemp, caregivers cannot grow for patients, only TEN farms statewide? No, no, no. Fuck these guys and their draconian laws. LEGALIZE IT, don’t just ease up on restrictions.

  5. This could be huge because of the high population of Ohio would make it the largest state to legalize. This could get the young to the ballot box and give rock the vote new life. Propaganda and scare tactics were used effectively here in Florida. The best add was one featuring a black and white picture of former supreme court justices claiming that they believe a voter initiative is bad because our great lawmakers could not craft the bill only implement it. VOTER INITIATIVES ARE THE WAY TO GO BUT YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY! VOTE,VOTE

  6. Ok so a 50 dollar license to grow your own. So you’re on a list that the government has access to that states you’re growing pot at your house. Will the public have access to this information? Is a licensed home grower subject to surprise inspections? Like, if I get caught with five plants during an inspection, what kind of trouble would I be in? Or if I was growing without a license? What about seeds? Can I get my own, or do I have to purchase from the cartel of ten privileged growers? Lots of questions surrounding this iffy legalization initiative.

    [Editor’s note: Problems with cannabis prohibition far outweigh legalization questions. Cannabis is not at all likely going to go from illegal to parity with alcohol consumers (after today’s alcohol access has evolved over a 85 year period of time).

    Reforming cannabis laws post-prohibition is a lot more desirable and easier than during pre-prohihibition.]

  7. Apparently, the only states that have any chance at legalization are the remaining 22 of 26 that allow initiative/referendum (they allow voters to sign petitions to get legalization on the ballot, the other states DON’T… pathetic!), see http://ballotpedia.org/States_with_initiative_or_referendum Looks like all the other states are SOL (unless their legislators step up and do the right thing).

  8. The evidence is clear, you don’t own your own body in Ohio. BUT, if the measure passes and you pay the state $50 they won’t lock you up for growing a few pot plants. Aren’t you glad you live in a free country? How thoughtful of the masters to let the slaves dance on Saturday night.

  9. it’s a little more involved.

    RO(responsible ohio) is on the ballot, issue 3.

    Issue 2 is being proposed by the state legislature to stop monopolies from using constitutional amendments.

    The way I understand it…

    if RO passes and issue 2 does not pass, then we have a form of legalization.

    however, if issue 2 passes, then RO(issue3) would be null and void.

    [Editor’s note: Suffice of to say, regardless of who prevails at the ballot box, litigation will ensue.]

  10. Would out of state residents be allowed to purchase in recreational stores under the proposal?

    [Editor’s note: OH would join AK, WA, OR and CO in allowing adults to purchase cannabis, regardless where they’re from.]

  11. Yeee ha OHIO
    Let’s just get this done.
    We can always change it if it doesn’t work.
    But it helps a lot of sick people.
    And takes all this consumption away from criminals.

  12. I’m from Nashville, so we have really little hope in a red state (blue city however), but it’s at least nice to know that we might be within range of legal marijuana on the ground. It’s about 5 hours to Cincinnati.

  13. Off topic, but has anyone else noticed that when you type “marijuana legalization” into the Bing search engine that NORML no longer comes up on the first page? For years that’s how I’ve come to the site, and now it’s no longer associated with the term on Bing.

    [Editor’s note: When the term ‘marijuana legalization’ is searched upon at Bing.com, marijuana legalization-related news appears on the left (today largely relating to a legalization measure qualifying for ballot in OH) and NORML’s logo and organizational description appears on the right.]

  14. I am for legalization but NOT limiting growers to a cartel of 10 insiders. Grow market should be open and free market…

  15. Well, well, well, prohibition is getting its @$$ handed to it.

    One small thing you said struck me Ms. Keane;

    “(State regulators will have the opportunity to grant additional licenses if these initial production sites do not adequately meet demand).”

    …And you left THAT in PARENthesis? Of COURSE demand in Ohio is going to exceed demand from ten dispensaries! Colorado is an all day drive away!
    Alright, WHO let this little amendment into the initiative? Was it an Ohio NORML chapter? MPP? You dirty rascals! You can’t tell me that the oligarchs of marijuana who wrote this bill willingly let this into the script? Or DID they?

  16. All of you that think this is a good law or ” just pass it & we can change it later” really need to do some research because this is by no means a good law. Coming from a state that has a so called legal system set up, I know all to well how hard it is to get these laws changed for the better of the people. Every time it changes it changes according to who has the most money to line the pockets of the people making the changes. Ask anyone in Michigan how our law is going & they will tell you not to vote for this law the way it is written. Commercial grown cannabis = garbage meds & if you don’t think so take a trip to a legal state & pick some up, you will be sad 🙂

    [Editor’s note: MI hardly has a legal cannabis system. It has a ‘self preservation’ medical cannabis law with only recent changes made to distribution regulations. The legalization initiative approved for OH ends cannabis prohibition…and the two proposed reform initiatives in MI would do the same (with one favoring limited producers the other a more diverse producer field).

    No reform is ever perfect or ideal in a reformer’s eye…and more, not less refinement and improvement is the norm post the major reforms being achieved.]

  17. I see this as a Large Slap in the Face. I mean come on, I have been growing my own Cannabis for over 19 yrs and the 8oz of usable Cannabis is Not RIGHT. I get 8oz off 1 plant. I am Right now Medicating with Cannabis in Both Smokable Flowers to Medables and I NEED MORE THAN 8OZ OF CANNABIS as the 8oz limit will NOT WORK FOR ME. As of today I use around 2 to 3 ozs of Smokable Cannabis A Month and I Consume 1 gram of Oil A DAY So this Ballot WILL DO ME MORE HARM THAN GOOD. The average Daily Dose for People Like Myself And CANCER PATIENTS WHO NEED AT LEAST 1 GRAM OF CANNABIS OIL A DAY. So 1oz of Flowers makes up 4 to 6 Grams of Oil. So 1oz is good for LESS THAN 7 DAY SUPPLY. I BELIEVE THAT OHIO SHOULD WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR AND VOTE ON A BALLOT THAT WILL INCLUDE ALL ASPECTS OF THE CANNABIS PLANT, WEATHER IT’S FOR MEDICAL USE, PERSONAL USE AND DON’T FORGET THE FARMERS AND THE INDUSTRIAL CANNABIS. WE NEED A BALLOT TO INCLUDE ALL 3 NOT JUST ONE. I hope that This Year’s Ballot FAILS as it WILL DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD. I hope to see My Home State put a Ballot Together that will Include all 3 ASPECTS OF THE CANNABIS MOVEMENT AS THE 50 DOLLAR FEE IS BULLSHIT AND THE WAY THIS BALLOT IS SET UP TO MAKE THE RICH GET RICHER AND US COMMON PEOPLE ARE JUST SCREWED. I HAVE A BALLOT FOR OHIO THAT INCLUDES NOW 3 DIFFERENT AREAS EFFECTIVE BY PASSING THE RIGHT BALLOT AND CLEARLY STATES THAT ALL 3 AREA’S AND HOW THEY SHOULD BE SET UP AND PAID FOR BY THE MONEY CREATED BY PERMITS AND LICENSING OF MANY MORE THAN THE 10 BESIDES GIVING THE PUBLIC A CHANCE TO OWN A COMERCIAL GROW OR A RETAIL STORE OR EVEN A CO-OP OR COLLECTIVE. I believe that All of Ohio should have the right to OWN A Piece of the Pie. The way it Should Be, The Chace to get in on the NEXT DOT COM BUSINESS. WHICH IS CANNABIS IN 3 DIFFERENT AREAS, 1ST being Medical, Personal Use and For our Farmers in Industrial Use. I hope that the Ballot FAILS TO PASS THIS YEAR AND A BALLOT FOR NEXT YEAR WITH EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL. PLEASE VOTE NO FOR THIS BALLOT. IT’S A LOT TOUGHER TO GET A BALLOT CHANGED THAN IT’S PUSHING A MORE WELL ROUNDED ONE. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR FARMERS AND THINK ABOUT HOW A BETTER BALLOT WOULD INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF KEEPING THEIR FARMS PROFITABLE AGAIN WITH THE CHANCE OF GROWING INDUSTRY CANNABIS. I FEEL WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO MAKE MONEY ON THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS. Maybe even be able to Live Above the Poverty Line. I am Now Getting over 1 POUND PER PLANT SO THE 8OZ LIMIT IS BULLSHIT AND SHOULD REFLECT ON THE PERSON’S NEEDS. I mean come on if THIS BALLOT PASSES I WOULD STILL BE A CRIMINAL AND IF I HAVE A CHANCE TO PUT A MUCH MORE WELL ROUNDED BALLOT TO VOTE ON I WILL HOLD OFF UNTIL THE BALLOT THAT EFFECTS ALL OF OHIO IS AVAILABLE. I AM OFFERING TO HELP OHIO PUT TOGETHER A BALLOT THAT ALL OF AMERICA WOULD LIKE TO FOLLOW. I BELIEVE THAT CANNABIS IS GOOD FOR ALL OF OHIO AND IT’S PEOPLE. VOTE NO ON THIS YEAR’S BALLOT. We have waited this long WE Can Wait 1 more year till you can Vote on a Real Ballot that is Good for all the People of OHIO NOT JUST A FEW. By the way MICHIGAN ALLOWS ME TO GROW 12 PLANTS AND IF MY DOCTORS SEE FIT THEY CAN INCREASE MY NUMBERS TO BETTER TAKE CARE OF MY MEDICAL NEEDS. Look at the Bigger Picture and What You have to LOSE.

    [Editor’s note: Ummmm…maybe you’re best off remaining a cannabis ‘criminal’ or a medical ‘patient’ as any modern cannabis laws might be too hard for you to comport with.

    Waiting another year with prohibition in OH in hopes of an ideal cannabis law passing is very unlikely as 1) once a state rejects legalization, reformers are going to likely turn their attention to other states and 2) Ohioans have had over 45 years under the Controlled Substances Act and nearly 80 years under general federal prohibition laws to challenge pot prohibition, but have largely failed to do so.
    Currently, other than the moving party in OH (Responsible Ohio), there is no precedent or strong prospects for another legalization initiative being funded and managed in OH.]

  18. Alright, Ohio, let’s go!

    @ William, and any other “purists,” I suggest you move to some “pure” country where every law is perfect, and everyone is happy and rich. This “I ain’t voting for it because . . . ” crap sounds a lot like the stuff we heard just before legalization was killed by the prohibitionist-wannabes in California several years ago. Let’s legalize it, then we can argue over the details!

    I can only grow four plants? Waaaaaahhhhhhh. I’d rather go to jail! Waaaaahhhhh!

  19. @ Christopher Hensley,

    You said: “Commercial grown cannabis = garbage meds & if you don’t think so take a trip to a legal state & pick some up, you will be sad”

    I’d love to know if you speak from experience. Because I do. I went to Colorado last year, and smoked the best stuff I’ve had since I was in Amsterdam–and in some cases better!

    I don’t know what your motive or agenda is, but I can tell you from your statement that you are badly ill-informed. Perhaps you should go there yourself, or one of the other three legalized states and test the stuff yourself before posting next time.

  20. @ Robert,

    Your cause is obviously so hopeless that all I can suggest is that you should quickly become a citizen of Uruguay.

    I don’t mean to sound heartless, and I will assume that you are being truthful about your medical condition (I thought it was cancer, but after re-reading your post am not sure exactly what your illness is); I lost a cousin to cancer last year, and he finally qualified for MMJ here in NM about 3 months before he died, so I am sensitive to that.

    But if you’ve been growing for 19 years I must assume that you are also a black-marketeer, and have a motive to keep legal pot out of your state. If 8 oz isn’t enough for you I fear no limit ever will be . . .

  21. From earlier: [Editor’s note: When the term ‘marijuana legalization’ is searched upon at Bing.com, marijuana legalization-related news appears on the left (today largely relating to a legalization measure qualifying for ballot in OH) and NORML’s logo and organizational description appears on the right.]

    Up until a few days ago a direct Norml link was usually the first item after the latest news on the left. That’s how I got to the site for years. That link has now disappeared. The one of the right links to Wikipedia, not to Norml’s website. Maybe someone should ask Bing why it has changed to this degree. Thanks. (oh, and Go Buckeyes!)

  22. Who the hell came up with the idea of a “$50 license to grow their own marijuana plants with a limit of 4 plants per household and/or 8 ounces of useable product at a time.” Does Ohio make people pay a license fee to have X amount of alcohol in their home? And do they have to register with/pay the state to get its approval/license to buy alcohol? Is that a one-time, monthly, or annual fee? What if I don’t want to go on record with the gov’t as a weed grower? It’s not a gun, it’s a plant. Jesus Christ! What a joke. Get a grip mutants.

  23. Vote yes on this bill or wait years for another opportunity.

    No other campaign on Ohio has anywhere near enough signatures or money to collect them to qualify for the ballot and its highly likely the wont next year either.

    All the while people continue to get arrested, thrown in jail, sick people without access, ect.

    Vote yes, change it afterwards

  24. Hoooreeyyyyy!

    Now they can piss and moan about paying taxes and submitting to regulations designed to impede over use.

  25. Vote yes…
    Help end this useless drug war…

    Ohio is a big state this will really open peoples eyes..

    thanks..

  26. All of you who are complaining about $50 dollars and maybe being put on a list makes me sick. I would be so excited if this was my state. You have to realize it takes steps and this is a big step forward. And to the people who say im not voting for it you’re only hurting the fight.

  27. Robert where were you when signatures needed collected for a better resolution? How about us, that needed it 10, 20, or 30 yrs ago. People quit ! Lets look at this is our duty to the rest of the stats and maybe there will be full national legalization.

  28. So if ballot issue 2 passes, I take it that individuals will still be allowed to pay the $50 and grow up to 4 plants, and everyone else who can’t do that is screwed or relying upon the good nature of friends or strangers, or are still getting their weed off the street rather than from a retail shop.

    The parallels in public attitudes in general toward cannabis and homosexuality are striking. It looks like the phobia the vocal voices of the public have are that they want reluctantly recognize that it’s there, cannabis consumption and homosexuality, but they don’t want to see it out in the open. It’s like, okay Mary, you can have your place to hook up with men but keep the displays and acts private and out of sight, and your bedroom is now your closet, basically. Same thing for cannabis in some states, the public is willing to give people a place to hook up with Maryjane, but they can’t engage in anything there or in public, and have to take it back to their place, which is keeping it somewhat in the closet. While I realize that adult public establishments that allow consumption along the lines of Amsterdam style coffee shops is the next logical step in states that have legalized adult recreational, item Colorado, I’m wondering if a distrustful public is willing to allow us to be equal and a bit more out in the open and will allow Denver to go ahead with its wonderful social use ballot initiative. I certainly hope so. People are so very tired of having to stay in the closet, tourists and out of towners especially when it comes to cannabis.

    And you can still lose your job if your employer finds out, somehow, social media, someone else’s social media, a ratfink of a so-called friend, ex-lover, and get forced into a cannabis conversion program as part of forced rehab.

    http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/08/10/denver-social-pot-use-initiative-signatures/39217/

    http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2015/07/29/theyre-after-our-kids-why-marijuana-is-the-new-gay-sex

    http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2015/08/04/no-forced-treatment-for-cannabis

  29. Someone mentioned in a comment that we are running out of states with the ballot initiative to legalize cannabis. I think it was Anonymous. That makes me think about Florida and how Wasserman-Schultz owns or has ties to the drug-testing industry and how she came out against legalization.

    http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/33101/asa-to-air-tv-ads-calling-out-congressional-opponents-of-medical-marijuana/

    I did some online searches for politicians who own drug-testing companies and came up empty. Someone mentioned something about her regarding owning a drug-testing company or being a major stockholder or stakeholder somehow, not sure if it was Julian or MexWeed or who it was. Here I am toiling away at my thankless day job so I can’t do the research. It sure would be nice if cannabis reform groups had this information politicians’ ownership in whole or via stocks or other relationships with the drug-testing companies so that it could be used against them, used to persuade them of the damage it continues to do to the cannabis community, and use it either to get them to change their position on cannabis to a pro-legalization one or keep them from getting re-elected in favor of a pro-cannabis candidate. Easier said than done, I know. Maybe someone in the reform organizations already has that information. I think it should be made public to shame these politicians, and made available for ASA and other legalizers. Voters should know.

    Thank you, NORML! Keep up the good work. May your bowl runneth over with the finest weed!

  30. We don’t need to abolish slavery, we just need kinder masters that will let us have a teeny weenie bit of control over our own bodies.

    Why if we were free, who would tell us what time to go to bed at night and what else we can or cannot put into our own bodies?

  31. @ Julian,

    I’ve lost my patience with the prohibitionists, if you didn’t notice. I remember reading post after post, prior to the failed vote to legalize in Calif several years ago, and it was the same crap. Don’t wanna pay taxes. Don’t want regulation. I can only grow 4 plants? Free the bud, man, free the bud! Etc etc etc. Like a bunch of spoiled kids wanting to make all the rules, or else they’re gonna take their ball and go home. Too much. I always suspected most of them were black market sellers, or had their MMJ card or some such.

    But it’s a totally selfish attitude: I got mine, fuck everybody else. I consider them backstabbers, and not worthy of being called brothers or sisters. As far as I’m concerned, I hope they live the last friggin’ state to legalize, so they can watch nervously in their car mirror every time they score; so they can pray they won’t get busted every friggin’ time they score.

    They did overtax the rec MJ in Colo, I’ll be the first to say–but they’re already proposing changes to lower the taxes. There were places that charged too much, but, you know what, I used this thing called the internet and did a lot of research and found a dispensary with very good prices!

    For those who don’t think that you can get killer weed in Colorado, I invite you to check out the site Weedmaps.com. That’ll give you a hint of what you can buy at the different dispensaries. My god, not only bud of many varieties, in most dispensaries, but also edibles, wax, shatter, oil, you name it.

    But the best part for me was the FREEDOM to buy MJ legally! The FREEDOM not to worry about a cop grabbin’ me for having a friggin’ bud in my pocket! For me, at least, it was an almost indescribable feeling. (Same with Amsterdam, tho technically, it’s not legal there.) It was an almost unreal feeling to go to a place in A-dam and look over a friggin’ menu or, in Denver, to ask them to pull that jar off the shelf, or that jar, and take a deep whiff of the bud. The budtenders I dealt with were always cool, and always willing to describe the high or other effects of each strain.

    Like most everyone else here, I’m guessing, I had to buy from contacts or friends (or street dealers, with all the wonderful risks associated with that), all of my life before going to Amsterdam and Denver; they rarely had more than one or two choices, so you bought what they had. If the weed turned out to be shit, or meh, oh well, you were shit out of luck. And if your contact didn’t have anything that day or week, or month, again, shit out of luck. I didn’t have that problem in A-dam or Denver.

    I know I sound pretty pissed about this, but I’m so tired of hearing all the negativity. My god, we’re living in an era in which legalization is actually happening, and to hear the negativity, I just shake my head in wonder. They call us mutants and slaves for accepting the bills, accepting the restrictions, but what they hell are they? They’re slaves to their particular dealers; buy it or go somewhere else, if you can find anyone else. Or, maybe if they’re unlucky, a trip to the city jail–or pen, in which case, guess what, they get their name “on a list.”

    Sorry, Julian, had to get that off my chest.

  32. I live in Ohio, I will be voting yes as well as everyone I know, if you think this is the only ogliopoly in Ohio or any other state you are a fool, look at your cell phone, but gasoline, or even a car to put it in and realise every product in this country is produced by less than 10 manufactures. We aren’t talking about a limited number of retailers, just producers, to vote no and suffer through more years of unneccesary prohibition is pointless, especially if it’s only because of the limited producers(name more than 10 cell phone companies). There are systems in place to keep the growers from inflating prices and if any of the growers try they will be replaced by new management(it’s in the bill) also these grow sites will and are currently being sold in shares to anyone who can afford them(think local stick option like your 401k plans) even the general public. It may not be the best law, but it is better than most that are on the books, so make sure to get to your local poll and vote yes on 3 and no on 2 this November3rd Ohio! Or sit around and hope for another year or 20, I’m not that patient

    [Editor’s note: Yours is a necessarily pragmatic view…one similar to NORML’s in general: Are there numerous examples in state and national economies where there is limited competition for particular products and services? Indeed, there are, and they come about for many different reasons; some political, some regulatory and some because of ‘free market’ conditions. Is the OH proposal approved for the ballot ideal? No, it is not. Are the cannabis legalization measures in AK, WA, OR, CO and DC ideal? Nope, not all, they’ve got plenty of obvious flaws for producers, sellers and consumers.

    Are they ALL better than pot prohibition?

    Hell yeah!]

  33. My fear is when this passes the efforts at complete legalization will now have a new foe to fight in the 10 pot farmers. So now instead of it being Pro pot vs anti pot after passage of this bill the fight will be pro pot vs farms & anti pot. Think the 10 monopoly farms will roll one up and say welcome to grow as much as you like? I don’t and this $50 fee to the state just targets growers for federal seizure of their homes.

    [Editor’s note: Your fears are misplaced as fighting to EXPAND legalization as compared to ending prohibition is a cake walk and the federal government is not currently, and will not likely in future, target small scale home cannabis cultivators (the feds currently don’t target small scale home cultivators under prohibition…they’re not going to do it after a state legalizes cannabis. Home cultivators in DC, CO, WA, where home cultivation is legal, are not being targeted by the feds.]

  34. This is exactly what we need, a State which shares its border with us, to legalize. It might just make them double think the pending bill here in Pennsylvania to fully legalize up to 1oz. Right now, the politicians are dragging their feet with the bill, only trying all the hard to pass the limited medical marijuana bill. This is exactly what we need here in Pennsylvania to happen. And the more the better. I’d like to see New York do it yet. Only the future can tell.

  35. @TheOracle-Fl. Gov.Rick Scott’s wife owns a major share of drug testing company, Solantic. And guess what, Indian River and Vero Beach drug test students for marijuana. And we all know that marijuana prohibition is based on racist Harry Anslingers 1930s Gore Files and not science.

    “…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is it’s effect on degenerate races.”-Harry Anslinger

    “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”-Harry Anslinger

    Food, fiber, fuel, medicine, freedom.

  36. Reading the posts here concerning the ResponsibleOhio initiative was enlightening. I stand shoulder to shoulder with everyone voting yes on 3 whatever their reasoning. I’ve spent my whole adult life aching for this moment in history to happen. I even quit smoking cannabis when it became apparent I would not be able to have a successful career if I tested positive. Currently I’m trying to put together enough financing for a one week trip to Colorado. It sure would be a lot closer to be able to go to Ohio. AAMOF, legalizing marijuana in Ohio would attract more people and money from all around than Colorado. You have to admit Colorado is not located in a high population area. Seriously, Ohio on the other hand probably would not be able to grow enough marijuana with only ten grow locations. It never ceases to amaze me how much people think they know until they are proven wrong.

    [Editor’s note: The importance of a political bellwether state like OH adopting cannabis legalization can’t be understated in it’s impact on the national politics of pot. Generally speaking, AK, CO, OR and WA are ‘low population’ states (with few members in Congress) whereas OH’s population is not only large and diverse…because of this, it is also the favorite testing ground for political and corporate America to conduct surveys/polls.]

  37. VOTE, people.

    Also:
    Watch what the Presidential candidates are saying about marijuana. One zealot in the White House could undo decades of slow, step-at-a-time reform. You can bet that they’ll find the money to fire-up the prohibitionist Drug War.

  38. I’ll be voting yes on this issue even though I don’t totally like how the law is designed.

    The chance to have legal weed that comes from an accountable grower and dealer alone is worth any contingencies to me. Think about it; black marketeers can and have put anything in your pot to a)make it look better than it is b)stretch their profits c)get you addicted to a harder and more profitable drug d) they are clueless and/or apathetic about how the product is cured. I for one want to know what I’m putting in my body. I can tell when I’ve smoked something that’s moldy b/c I start getting something that feels like bronchitis every time.

    I was also in CO last year and can attest to the surreal feeling of going into a shop and being presented with jars full of the best bud you’ve ever smoked, and each one is different, and the seller can tell you what kind each is, and you DON’T have to keep looking over your shoulder or worry about who’s going to find out.

    Is the price higher than what I’d like to pay? sure, but then so is black market weed, and with increased availability, especially when other states follow the money trail and get on board with legalization.

    The proposed law might not be ideal, but like the editor pointed out, laws can evolve over time. Especially when more and more states follow suit, and we all come to realize that marijuana doesn’t need to be treated like some radioactive substance with the power to destroy everything in its path for hundreds of miles.

    As Evening Bud pointed out, even if amendment 2 passes, which would nullify the portion of the bill where growers have a “monopoly” (and I’m sure this can be subverted through some legal channels), adults will still be allowed to possess and use marijuana. A YES vote on this legalization bill will be a big win for Ohioans all around.

  39. Sometimes as I read the responses of the editors to the overzealous among us, I am thankful for NORML’s stewardship of Good Ship Cannabis through the shoals of these interesting times,

  40. A Class Action lawsuit against the Federal Government for carrying on a racist, fascist war on our medicine and its users is due.

  41. Why I’d vote for it (based on reasons listed above):
    1. Once its legal and you want to grow it, you can always bypass a license and risk getting at fine for it. Without question, a $50 fee for growing your own sucks… they don’t do it to alcohol.
    2. With respect to the oligarchy that is created, who is to say that the state legislature wouldn’t take products or kickbacks Husker the average person anyways? However, I do agree that it is s***** they created a perpetual oligarchy for themselves… versus one that would have lasted for 10 years or so for them to completely recoup their costs, make a small fortune, and then establish a truly competitive marketplace.
    3. Your state legislators are not happy about the monopoly they created… or oligarchy, however you want to refer to it. After the initiative passes, you can always request your state legislators to put an amendment to responsible Ohio’s amendment , stripping it of a 10 commercial grower
    oligarchy.
    4. A win is the Midwest would be a huge victory for the movement overall. It would force politicians to recognize that they have to accept this. This would be even more true if California, Massachusetts, Maine main vote to legalize it in 2016.
    Summary: the oligarchy and $50 fine sucks but it’s much better than what you have now. Both can be changed to the state legislature.

  42. With respect to my comment above, I have to use voice recognition. Unfortunately voice recognition does not work perfectly and it’s hard for me to see all the mistakes on my phone. Therefore, please fill in the blanks as necessary.

  43. i think they should search these people who don’t want to legalize sounds like they are going to lose $$$. if you aren’t profiting from it then you probably won’t care who the money goes to since currently… it goes to god knows who!!!

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