$36 Million Raised For Ohio Marijuana Legalization Proposal

OHIO:  Investors have raised at least $36 million to fund Responsible Ohio‘s plan to legalize marijuana and purchase the commercial growing sites promised to campaign backers.

Investors contributed $4 million to each of nine limited liability corporations tied to ResponsibleOhio last year, according to securities offering filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ResponsibleOhio officials have said they expect to spend more than $20 million to get their constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot and passed by a majority of voters in November.

ResponsibleOhio’s proposed constitutional amendment would establish a legal marijuana industry fueled solely by marijuana grown at 10 sites, which would be owned and operated by investor groups. The organization has revealed a dozen investors including basketball all-star Oscar Robertson, former Browns player Frostee Rucker and fashion designer Nanette Lepore, a Youngstown native, and has promised to reveal more in the coming months.

Ten state-registered limited liability corporations had contributed $1.7 million to ResponsibleOhio’s political action committee before the end of January, according to a campaign finance filing with the Ohio secretary of state. The group had spent $1.3 million at that point, mostly on political consulting from The Strategy Network, run by ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James, and attorneys.


What Did Coloradans Search For Most Often On Google This Year?

COLORADO:  In the digital age, almost nothing is a secret — and that includes what you search for on Google. Estately, which bills itself as the “addictive, easy way to shop for homes” online, put together a list of the terms that residents of each state searched for the most. The data was compiled using Google Trends, which allows you to see where a search term is most popular. And the most popular Colorado search will surprise exactly no one.

Residents of the Centennial State looked up “marijuana” more than the residents of any other state in 2014. But since they live in the first state to roll out recreational marijuana, Coloradans must have a lot of questions concerning legality, access and the numerous ways cannabis can be ingested. 

But we weren’t the only state that was curious about the pot. Alaska beat out all other states for the number of people searching “legalize marijuana.” And residents of Washington State, which also legalized the sale of recreational marijuana this year, was pretty focused on finding “marijuana stores.”


Campaign To Legalize Marijuana In D.C. Selects New Slogans For November Vote

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  The campaign to legalize marijuana in the nation’s capital has settled on its slogans for D.C. voters.

The two lines were not tested with focus groups or polled for impact, but campaign chairman Adam Eidinger said he is confident that organizers have nailed it.

The simple message that voters will continue to see on bright-red posters for Initiative 71 remains the same: “Legalize.”


Canada Liberal Party Leader Says Legalize Marijuana

CANADA: Canada’s opposition Liberal Party head Justin Trudeau has called for the legalization of marijuana, putting himself and his party on a collision course with the ruling Conservatives ahead of 2015 elections. Trudeau’s stand also differentiates the Liberals from the New Democratic Party (NDP), which has been the progressive party on drug reform, but which only calls for decriminalization. [Read more…]