Marijuana Policy Project Unveils Details About Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative


ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationOhio tried to become the first state to skip legalizing medical marijuana and go straight to full recreational marijuana legalization in 2015. That effort was soundly defeated. Immediately after the recreational marijuana legalization initiative was defeated, activists were calling for organizations to step in and put together a better effort. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) stepped up and announced that it would be pushing for a medical marijuana initiative for the 2016 ballot. Up until today, there weren’t any details available. However, today MPP released some details, per Cleveland.Com:

The amendment will establish a system where patients with certain medical conditions can apply for a medical marijuana ID card that allows them to buy and possess marijuana. The state would license businesses to grow, process, test, distribute and sell medical marijuana, and sales tax would be applied. License fees and tax revenues would pay for the program’s administrative costs.

Kampia said patients and their caregivers could grow their own marijuana as soon as the amendment becomes law.

And there will not be a monopoly, a sticking point with the recreational marijuana amendment last year.

“The retail price in Ohio will inevitably be slightly lower than in other states, because the Ohio initiative won’t impose large taxes or bureaucratic hurdles that would translate into higher prices,” Kampia wrote. “Also, the Ohio initiative will embrace a healthy, free-market approach to the production of medical marijuana, which will drive down the cost as compared to, say, an oligopoly or a government-run monopoly.”

The effort will not have that much time to collect signatures. Per the previously linked to article, initiative language approval is expected next month, with signature gathering beginning in April. The campaign will have just a little over a couple of months to gather 305,591 valid signatures by the July 6 deadline. That’s a very tight turnaround, and will require a tremendous signature gathering effort involving a lot of people. If the signature gathering effort is successful, Ohio would join Florida and maybe Missouri in voting on medical marijuana in November.


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  • Sinclair

    Nice fix. They should of done it right the first time .

  • exbioman

    Surprised that medical isn’t through as now! Maybe Pa. prohibitionists crossed the line.

  • Ty Thacker

    So we can buy and possess, but what about med users being able to grow their own. I’ll be leaving Ohio if they do not put that in.

  • Jon

    Ohio doesn’t even have medical marijuana? The Midwest really lags in marijuana policy.

    • nope nada, this is one reason we moved from Ohio was to get non opioid care. We couldn’t do it in Ohio.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Their governor is Kasich, the supposedly serious Christian and supposed adult in the Republican race, who prefers that people get addicted to prescription opiates rather than let them use medicinal cannabis for pain. So much for treating others as you want them to treat you.

      Michigan does has a medical marijuana program with a lot of patients.
      And MILegalize’s initiative for legalization of adult use is close to making the ballot for this November

      • Jon

        Yeah that is the worst thing about him that I have so far discovered. I know he was, at least at one point, against medical marijuana, but I thought I heard him hint at changing his position. I don’t know. If Kasich makes a fuss about the ballot initiate that will prove he is a moron. I would not vote for him.

        • saynotohypocrisy

          No doubt he did hint at changing his position, but he doesn’t get any credit for that. Like with the tyrant Cuomo, the pressure of public opinion is becoming unbearable, and that all he’s responding to. He could have done a Cuomo and tried to set up a sham MMJ program for Ohio, but it will be too late for that if this initiative makes the ballot.

  • ‘Mikee Edwards

    Unfortunately, Kasich is a republican, which means he doesn’t believe in science, just his bible. Unfortunately, even though God said to use all plants, Kasich doesn’t listen to him either…