2 Butler County Chambers Oppose Ohio Marijuana Legalization

Two of the county’s chambers of commerce have come out publicly to oppose Issue 3, while supporting Issues 1, which will reorganize how Statehouse districts are formed, and Issue 2, which will prohibit monopolies and oligopolies from being written into the state’s constitution by way of a citizen petition. The state’s general assembly, among others, have called Issue 3 a monopoly.

OHIO:  If Ohio approves legalizing marijuana and the anti-monopoly initiative does not interfere with its implementation, then Butler County will be a big player in the state’s projected $1 billion marijuana industry. Two of the county’s chambers of commerce have come out publicly to oppose Issue 3, while supporting Issues 1, which will reorganize how Read the full article…

Ohio Voters Support Use Of Medical Marijuana

Ohio may be 5th state to legalize recreational marijuana today

OHIO: A poll released Thursday shows that more than half of Ohio voters believe that adults’ personal use of small amounts of marijuana should be legal. When it comes to just medical use, support soars to 90 percent, according to the Quinnipiac Poll. The poll questions, however, were broadly phrased for voters in the presidential swing Read the full article…

Attorney General Mike DeWine Sues Toledo Over Marijuana Decriminalization Law

"This ordinance encourages drug cartels to set up marijuana distribution operations in Toledo with less fear of prison or penalties," DeWine said in a news release. "Absent legal action, it is not hard to imagine international drug rings making Toledo their regional base of operations."

OHIO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the city of Toledo over a new voter-approved city ordinance that reduces penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes. DeWine asked the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas to invalidate several portions of Toledo’s “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” approved by voters last month because they contradict Ohio law. Read the full article…

Money Laundering Concerns Prompt Ohio Banks To Weigh In On Legal Pot

The proposed constitutional amendment was drafted by ResponsibleOhio, a political action committee. Issue 3 would permit 10 marijuana farms. Each would be owned by one of 10 investment groups, which contributed $2 million apiece to fund the PAC’s $20 million campaign to legalize pot.

OHIO: The board of the Ohio Bankers League voted to oppose legalizing marijuana, citing concerns about money laundering. Ohio voters will decide Nov. 3 whether to approve Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana for personal and medical use. The proposed constitutional amendment was drafted by ResponsibleOhio, a political action committee. Issue 3 would permit 10 marijuana farms. Each would Read the full article…

Making A Business Out Of Marijuana Isn’t Easy

“Many believe this is a new-age gold rush. While some companies are doing well, there are just as many that are struggling to keep their doors open."

OHIO: Running a marijuana business is more than a pipe dream, says Justin Breidenbach: It’s about taxes, banking, liability, supply and demand. Breidenbach, an associate professor of accounting at Ohio Wesleyan University who has been studying the economics of pot for two years, concludes that there’s potential for big money to be made if Ohio legalizes Read the full article…

Hundreds Show Up For Marijuana Forum In Dayton, Ohio, Lots Of Questions

Interest in legalizing pot has steadily increased over the last several decades, and a 330-plus overflow town hall forum crowd — some holding signs in support —was testament Wednesday night.

OHIO: At night for a town hall forum on the marijuana issue facing Ohio voters this fall and one thing was clear — there are a lot of questions. On Nov. 3, Ohioans will decide whether marijuana, once cultivated in the U.S. but made completely illegal in 1970, will again grow in Ohio. Interest in Read the full article…

Ohio Initiative Would Expunge Marijuana Crimes

“This allows people who’ve been convicted of offenses that are no longer illegal an ability to move forward, an ability to get expungement and sentencing review,”

OHIO:  Backers of a marijuana legalization amendment on this fall’s ballot filed petitions on Tuesday to put a separate proposed law in legislators’ laps to expunge criminal convictions for past pot offenses that would no longer be illegal. The proposed initiated statute assumes voters will approve Issue 3 on Nov. 3 to make Ohio the Read the full article…

Ohio Says Not So Fast On Marijuana Reform Vote

OHIO: Parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable.

OHIO: Local advocates for marijuana liberalization were celebrating Wednesday, the day after their campaign to pass a local ordinance received the endorsement of the Toledo voting public. But their euphoria is tempered by realization that parts of the so-called “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” conflict with state law and may not be enforceable. “I’m on cloud nine,” said Read the full article…

Investor-Driven Legalization: A Bitter Pill To Swallow

The NORML board of directors voted to endorse Issue 3, the Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot on November 3rd.

By Keith Stroup NORML Endorses the Ohio Legalization Initiative The NORML board of directors voted to endorse Issue 3, the Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative, a proposed constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot on November 3rd. The proposal would end marijuana prohibition in Ohio, legalizing both medical and recreational use, so NORML’s endorsement came Read the full article…

Monopoly On Ohio Marijuana Market Could Be Cloudy Issue

Ohio may be 5th state to legalize recreational marijuana today

OHIO: If the federal government ever lifts its national prohibition of marijuana, ResponsibleOhio‘s proposed monopoly on growing it in Ohio likely would go up in smoke. That’s because of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which reserves the ability to control trade between states exclusively for the federal government, constitutional scholars say. Ohio can do what it Read the full article…