Medical Marijuana

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Ohio’s legislative leaders have a task force and are holding public meetings to study the possibility of allowing some sort of medical marijuana here.  But regardless of what they do, a national group plans to put a medical marijuana plan before voters this fall.

The Marijuana Policy Project has been active in passing legalized marijuana plans in five states. Spokesman Mason Tvert says it plans to put legalization of medical marijuana on Ohio’s ballot this fall, regardless of what the state legislature does.

 

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A Democratic lawmaker who suffers from multiple sclerosis says Ohioans are growing impatient waiting for medical marijuana. Sen. Kenny Yuko says he wants to come up with a way to license and regulate medical marijuana, saying he feels it’s time for state lawmakers to stop joking about the medical marijuana proposals he repeatedly sponsors.

“Every time we mention medical marijuana, immediately people envision Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and the millions of times I’ve heard the jokes how many joint sponsors do you have for your legislation?”

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People who want medical marijuana in Ohio say they are ready to vote for Issue 3, even if they don’t particularly like all of the aspects of the plan.

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In just under two weeks Ohioans will be voting on a pot legalization measure on the fall ballot. But on Thursday Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County and several other local agencies—law enforcement and mental health organizations—held a press conference to talk about what they say would be detrimental effects of recreational marijuana use for the area.

Ohio Ballot Measures Budding To Legalize Marijuana

Jan 8, 2015
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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 Amendment before voters in 2016.
 

Ohio Targets Pot Possession Driving Penalty

Dec 15, 2014
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Ohio lawmakers are taking early steps toward lifting Ohio's driving penalties for marijuana possession.

A resolution scheduled for a possible committee vote Tuesday declares the Legislature's opposition to a 1990 federal law that requires a six-month suspension or revocation of a driver's license after a drug offense conviction, even when the violation is unrelated to driving.

A proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and certain uses of hemp has cleared Ohio's ballot board.

The panel's approval Thursday sends the issue into its signature-gathering phase, with a 2014 vote most likely. The deadline for this fall's ballot is July 6.

Proponents of the Ohio Cannibus Rights Amendment must first collect roughly 385,000 signatures in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties to get the issue before voters. Three previous marijuana-related issues have been cleared by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine since 2011 but stalled.

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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Ohio say they are hoping to get the issue on the statewide ballot this fall.

The Ohio ballot board says there’s no reason to split a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow medical marijuana into more than one part. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles has details.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says a group wanting to legalize medical  marijuana has enough petition signatures but failed to properly summarize ballot language in its initial effort toward putting the idea before voters.

The Columbus Dispatch reports DeWine last week rejected the 2012 ballot proposal by the Ohio Coalition for Medical Compassion. The constitutional amendment would require a prescription for marijuana purchases and allow those qualified to grow a limited number of plants.

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