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

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 millennial voters in the process in a new, creative and exciting way,” ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman Faith Oltman said.

 

Libertarians, Green Party Oppose ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Plan

OHIO: ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization — the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio.

The two groups join grassroots pro-pot groups in opposing ResponsibleOhio’s proposed constitutional amendment, which would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use but limit commercial growing to10 predetermined sites promised to wealthy campaign backers. ResponsibleOhio plans to put its constitutional amendment before Ohio voters in November.

“There is nothing ‘responsible’ about ResponsibleOhio,” Libertarian Party of Ohio Political Director Tricia Sprankle said in a statement. “This isn’t a proposal to restore rights to Ohioans. It’s a crony scheme to line the pockets of a few wealthy investors.”

 

Update On Ohio Medical Marijuana Patient And Caregiver Registry

OHIO: The Board of Pharmacy is responsible for creating the state’s medical marijuana patient and caregiver registry. The registry is key to a patient-centered and safe program. The patient and caregiver registry is developed and tested.

Update from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

Update from the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program

The affirmative defense was established in House Bill 523, legislation that created the state’s medical marijuana program. Once the patient and caregiver registry is open, the affirmative defense will expire after sixty days. The Board is committed to launching the patient and caregiver registry no earlier than sixty days before dispensaries have product available for patients and caregivers.

Information about the patient and caregiver registry will be updated on the program website as it is available. Updates can be found here.

Ohio House Leaders To Carefully Explore Medical Marijuana

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 to run away,” said Gupta, a Dayton anesthesiologist and pain-management physician who owns a proposed pot-growing site in Pataskala.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, said the legislative plan is to engage the medical community, possibly including state funding for studies, and release a series of bills and resolutions in the coming weeks, with potential action next year. They will include a pilot program and urging Congress to drop marijuana to a lower drug classification.

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Advocates See Promise, Peril In Ohio Pot Proposal

MICHIGAN: Michigan groups hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016 are turning their attention to Ohio today, as voters in the Buckeye State decide the fate of a unique pot proposal.

The Responsible Ohio measure would legalize recreational and medical use of the drug but restrict commercial growing to 10 sites controlled by wealthy investors, who would essentially be granted a monopoly or “oligopoly” on the agricultural side of the marijuana industry.

“You want to see legalization, but you don’t want to see it done that way,” said Jeffrey Hank, chairman of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Committee, commonly known as MI Legalize, one of two groups running a petition drive here.

Ohio Could Legalize Marijuana On Tuesday. It Could Also Change The Entire Legalization Game.

OHIO: On Tuesday, Ohio could become the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana.

But the story line there is less about how a culturally conservative state feels about pot and more about how a group of savvy political and business operatives are forging a new path forward for the growing movement that could fundamentally change who gets in the game — and why.

Depending on what happens in Ohio, the next iteration of pro-legalization activists could be motivated by an entirely different kind of green: Cash.

Here’s what you need to know about Ohio’s unusual ballot initiative to legalize pot and how it could change the marijuana legalization movement.

 

Money Laundering Concerns Prompt Ohio Banks To Weigh In On Legal 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 be owned by one of 10 investment groups, which contributed $2 million apiece to fund the PAC’s $20 million campaign to legalize pot. Investors include prominent Cincinnatians such as Frank Wood, CEO of the venture capital firm Secret Works.

Ohio Initiative Would Expunge Marijuana Crimes

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 first state east of Colorado to legalize pot for medical and recreational purposes, which remains a big question mark.

But Ian James, executive director for ResponsibleOhio, said the group still will push what’s being called the Fresh Start Act if Issue 3 fails. The act could affect other activities that might be decriminalized by the legislature or voters.

“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,” he said.

Monopoly On Ohio Marijuana Market Could Be Cloudy Issue

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 wants in terms of limiting what happens within its borders, they say — but not when it comes to trade from another state.

“State and local governments cannot enact laws that discriminate against interstate commerce,” said Brannon Denning, a constitutional law scholar and associate dean and a professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Alabama. “It would be discriminatory on its face, the way Ohio’s proposed amendment is written. … If someone in Colorado was growing and they wanted to sell it at a dispensary in Ohio, they could bring suit.”

 

How Much Money Would Legal Marijuana Bring Ohio?

By Anne Saker
asaker@enquirer.com

OHIO: Just how much money will Ohio rake in should voters approve Issue 3?  Right now, friends, the best I can find is some educated guesses because no one has implemented a limited-grow model for legal marijuana, as Issue 3 would establish. But the guesses do contain the word billion:

$2.26 billion: Total of retail sales of legal marijuana and marijuana products in 2020. This number comes from a task force assembled by the private investor group ResponsibleOhio, which drafted the proposed constitutional amendment that now is Issue 3. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters led the task force.

The task force report also estimated the 10 farms growing the commercial crop would make $1.1 billion in 2020, and the processors – the middle men – would pull in $726,760,994. The numbers were vetted by the Cleveland economic analysis firm of Burke Rosen.