Ohio Marijuana-Legalization Group Begins Collecting Signatures For Ballot Issue

OHIO: ResponsibleOhio, one of the groups supporting legalization of marijuana in Ohio, started collecting signatures Wednesday with the goal of getting its issue before voters this fall. “We’re starting collection in major cities and will expand across Ohio in the coming weeks,” the group announced in a post to Twitter. Spokeswoman Lydia Bolander described initial efforts as Read the full article…

$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 Read the full article…

Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization Ballot Proposal Revised To Include Home Grow

OHIO:  Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by Responsible Ohio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After Read the full article…

Cincinnati Would Become Ohio Marijuana Capital Under Proposal

OHIO:  The Cincinnati area would become the marijuana-growing capital of Ohio – with Hamilton, Butler and Clermont counties each hosting a marijuana farm – under a proposal that advocates hope to put before Ohio voters as early as this fall. The proposed ballot amendment would legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 and older Read the full article…

Officials Blast Marijuana Initiative: ‘What’s Next, Whorehouses?’

OHIO:  A ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and create a for-profit industry was ripped yesterday by some of Ohio’s top elected officials, who called it “outrageous” and a “stupid idea” to create a dangerous constitutional monopoly. “I don’t know (if) I’ve ever seen a worse idea than this,” Secretary of State Jon Husted said at Read the full article…

Legal Pot Backers In Ohio Trickle Out Details Of 2015 Vision

OHIO:  The marijuana legalization movement has arrived in Ohio with high-flying ambitions: making it the first state to move from a complete ban to complete legalization with a single vote. ResponsibleOhio is one of two competing legalization campaigns pushing forward in the state. It released further elements of its plan this week, while again stopping Read the full article…

Latest Marijuana Push Takes Cues From Casinos

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?

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

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

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…