Latest Marijuana Push Takes Cues From Casinos

ResponsibleOhio is proposing, like the casino backers, to use the proceeds from taxes on marijuana to fund local public services.

OHIO:  The latest attempt to convince voters to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use in Ohio seems to be taking cues from the successful 2009 ballot issue that embraced casinos. Several proposals — alternating among legalizing medical use, recreational use, and industrial hemp — have gotten as far as having Attorney General Mike DeWine Read the full article…

How Do I Thoughtfully Answer My High School Students’ Questions About Marijuana?

The Doctors answer a high school health teacher's questions about how to talk to students about marijuana.

OHIO:  Dear Doctors, I am a high school health teacher in Ohio and my students have been asking a lot of questions about marijuana. I do not think that the traditional D.A.R.E. program is effective, but I am at a loss as to the best way to have this conversation with 15 and 16 year-olds besides Read the full article…

2 Ballot Measures To Legalize Marijuana Emerge In Ohio

lawmakers are moving ahead with legislative efforts to allow for the limited use of medical ‘cannabis’ while simultaneously forbidding anyone from either inhaling the herb or possessing its flowers

OHIO:  Two proposed ballot measures to legalize medical and recreational marijuana have emerged in Ohio in less than a month.    The latest, on Thursday from Ohioans to End Prohibition, would legalize the purchase, possession and use of cannabis and cannabis products for Ohioans, ages 21 or older. The group hopes to get the Cannabis Control Read the full article…

Critics Of Marijuana Legalization: Pot Backers See Dollar Signs

A proposed constitutional amendment from the group ResponsibleOhio would allow Ohioans over 21 to use marijuana, which would be grown and sold by regulated entities operated by 10 individuals.

OHIO:  The belief that marijuana is a growth industry appears to be the driving force behind a planned 2015 constitutional amendment that would ask Ohioans to authorize 10 individuals or businesses to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal and medicinal use by residents 21 or older. Despite being in the works for up to a year, Read the full article…

Ohio Group Aims For 2015 Ballot Issue To Legalize Marijuana

“Marijuana for medical and personal use should be a choice made by adults 21 and older in this state. We are going to end this failed prohibition,” said Lydia Bolander, spokeswoman for the campaign.

OHIO:  Ohioans could be voting on a marijuana ballot issue next year unlike any other in the country, involving 10 wealthy individuals who would essentially invest to obtain the right to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal use by residents 21 or older. A group calling itself ResponsibleOhio said it will back an issue Read the full article…

Campaign To Legalize Marijuana Use In Ohio Quietly Underway And Borrows Page From Casino Campaign

One of Colorado’s largest chains of marijuana stores on Wednesday laid off 65 employees — or about 45 percent of the company’s total workforce

OHIO:  A campaign to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana in Ohio is quietly taking shape and includes plans to place an amendment to the Ohio Constitution before voters in November 2015, the Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned. The campaign plans to push an amendment, that if approved by voters, would guarantee Read the full article…

Ohio Residents Join Legal Hemp Harvest In Kentucky, Touting Jobs Creation, Brain Food

The agricultural excitement spurred some of Ohio's long-time hemp advocates to travel south to meet the farmers and gain first-hand experience with the plant that cannabis prohibition has kept out of American fields until very recently. -

OHIO:  For the first time in two generations, the Industrial Hemp crop has been legally harvested in Kentucky. The hemp plots were grown in compliance with Kentucky state law and in accordance with Sec. 7606 of the 2014 US Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) that authorized hemp cultivation for research purposes in states that Read the full article…

Legal Marijuana A High For Licking County Manufacturer

A lawmaker on the country’s largest American Indian reservation has introduced a bill to reaffirm the tribe’s stance against legalizing marijuana.

OHIO:  Forget the California Gold Rush. It’s so mid-1800s. Like a growing number of entrepreneurs nationwide, Andy Joseph knows that his business fortunes are tied, for better or worse, to what he describes as the “green rush.” Business is booming at Joseph’s Licking County-based manufacturing company, Apeks. Sales jumped from $750,000 in 2012 to $3.2 million in Read the full article…

Ed FitzGerald Endorses Medical Marijuana in Naked, Last-Ditch Ploy for Ohio Votes

As the Ohio Rights Group eyes getting an amendment before the voters in the November 2015 elections, it seems that medical marijuana proponents deserve better than FitzGerald's hail mary.

OHIO:  Yesterday, Ed FitzGerald gave a phone interview to the Cincinnati Enquirer in which he came out in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio. Of course, this news comes just days after one poll showed that Fitz — current Cuyahoga County Executive, Democratic candidate for Governor, and noted fan of parking lots — was trailing Read the full article…

Granville Eliminates Medical Marijuana Clause

"This is about whether a municipality has the authority to adopt a law that is against state law,"

OHIO:  The Granville Village Council decided Wednesday night to make its medical marijuana law consistent with the state’s prohibition of the substance but balked at a mandatory driver’s license suspension for those caught with it. Council members voted 6-1 to omit a clause from village ordinances that read, “It is an affirmative defense to a Read the full article…