Ohio House Leaders To Carefully Explore Medical Marijuana

"We’re not here to run away."

OHIO:  After years of resistance, Republican legislative leaders are now heading down the path toward legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. At the same time, ResponsibleOhio marijuana investor Dr. Suresh Gupta said Wednesday the marijuana campaign that stumbled badly Tuesday will be back, possibly next year, with a plan that doesn’t involve a monopoly. “Absolutely. We’re not here Read the full article…

6 Reasons Marijuana Legalization Failed In Ohio

With 99% of precincts reporting, the amendment was defeated 64% to 36%.

OHIO: The sheer size of Tuesday’s crushing electoral defeat of marijuana legalization in the Buckeye State surprised political experts inside and out of Ohio. Despite a $20 million campaign, the proposed constitutional amendment, known as Issue 3, lost. Amid its smoking wreckage, six reasons emerge to explain what happened to Issue 3 — and what happens next. With Read the full article…

Pro-Marijuana Group Seeks Injunction To Extend Polling Hours In Hamilton County

ResponsibleOhio said it wants to keep polls open by two extra hours in Hamilton County because of technical problems with voting equipment. The judge has yet to make a ruling.

OHIO: The group campaigning to legalize marijuana in the state is seeking an injunction to extend voting hours in one Ohio county. ResponsibleOhio said it wants to keep polls open by two extra hours in Hamilton County because of technical problems with voting equipment. The judge has yet to make a ruling. Hamilton County is home to Cincinnati, the Read the full article…

Ohio Marijuana Debate Heats Up

OHIO: Ohio voters will have the chance next month to decide whether the Buckeye State should experiment with marijuana. Unlike other states, such as Colorado, that have legalized marijuana slowly beginning with medicinal use and proceeding to recreational pot, Issue 3 would make both forms of use legal at the same time. Although medical marijuana and Read the full article…

Ohio Now A Battleground State For Marijuana

"You've got that old saying of: 'As goes Ohio, so goes the nation,'" he said.

OHIO: Four states already allow recreational pot, but approved medical marijuana first. Now, Ohio could make history by legalizing both at the same time, and the pro-marijuana camp is ramping up as the days until the vote are counting down. A new poll finds most Ohioans support legalization, but the campaign is stirring up controversy, reports Read the full article…

Poll: How Ohio Voters Really Feel About Legalizing Marijuana

The results also show 32 percent are opposed with another 10 percent who don't know how they feel yet.

OHIO:  With the marijuana battle landing on Ohio’s ballot for the first time next month, a new poll conducted by WKYC and Kent State University shows 56 percent of the state’s voters support allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. The results also show 32 percent are opposed with another 10 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…

Critics Take Aim At Marijuana Mascot

With 99% of precincts reporting, the amendment was defeated 64% to 36%.

OHIO: A green and white superhero stumping for marijuana legalization votes at college campuses and bars in Ohio has sparked debate over its impact on children. “Buddie” is a fuzzy, ever-smiling pot bud in a bulging white muscle suit with green trunks, gloves and boots. He arrives in a truck painted with marijuana leaves declaring: “Yes Read the full article…

Say ‘Hi’ To Buddie: ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Mascot

Meet Buddie, the muscular, cape-wearing marijuana bud mascot of ResponsibleOhio.

OHIO:  Buddie, the muscular, cape-wearing marijuana bud mascot of ResponsibleOhio, joined the group’s bus tour to promote marijuana legalization. Buddie’s first stop was Tuesday at the University of Toledo and ResponsibleOhio insists the mascot is geared toward young adults. “Buddie is going to college campuses only to promote ‘Buddie’s 21 and Up Club’ and engage Read the full article…