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Ohio Ballot Board Certifies Medical Marijuana Initiative; Supporters Prepare To Launch Petition Drive

ohioans for medical marijuanaThe Ohio Ballot Board certified an initiative on Thursday that would establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio. The five-member board reviews proposed ballot measures to ensure they represent only one issue.

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana must now collect 305,591 valid signatures of Ohio voters by early July to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. Last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed the group submitted at least 1,000 valid signatures of Ohio voters and determined their initiative summary “is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law.”

The summary and full text of the initiative are available online at https://www.ohioansformmj.org/initiative.

“We plan to mobilize a large group of volunteers, and we’ll be enlisting the help of paid petitioners to meet the state’s sizeable signature requirement in the short amount of time we have,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting the initiative. “A lot of our volunteers are family members of patients or patients themselves, so they’re incredibly motivated. The initiative process isn’t easy, but it pales in comparison to undergoing chemotherapy or witnessing your child have seizures on a daily basis.”

“I’m excited to let voters know about this initiative and why it’s so important to me,” said Amanda Candow, a multiple sclerosis patient in Mentor who plans to volunteer for the campaign. “I’m particularly interested in sharing my story with folks who are still skeptical about medical marijuana. My friends and neighbors already know how much this law would help patients like me.”

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Source: Ohioans for Medical Marijuana is supporting a 2016 ballot initiative to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio. For more information, visit https://OhioansForMMJ.org.

  • JohnB

    They may not show up in the comments for this article, but be assured that the forces in Ohio that seek to destroy any initiative that is not their own – namely Don Wirtschafter, Aaron Weaver, and Tom Manson – will eventually be around trying to sell the fairy tale that this MPP effort is a “monopoly.”
    That pejorative term worked so well last year, that they have apparently decided it’s all they need to say against any initiative they oppose…which is in turn any initiative they didn’t write.
    Make no mistake, this amendment doe NOT create a monopoly.
    In fact, it is heavily skewed toward creating lots of small business, while financially discouraging large growers.

    Here is the most important fact: The amendment allows for an UNLIMITED number of tier 2 growers.

    Those tier 2 growers will pay only $5,000 for a license to grow up to 5,000 square feet of canopy.

    Conversely, while there are a finite number of tier 1 growers, those growers will have to pay $500,000 to grow only 25,000 square feet of canopy.

    So, let’s say I’m a person who wants to invest in a cannabis cultivation business; will I pay HALF A MILLION for a license, or will I pay $5,000?

    An individual may own one and only one license for cultivation. Who in the world is going to start off with the economic disadvantage of having paid TWENTY TIMES the licensing fee per square foot as their smaller competitors?

    When anyone can get in the business, for as little as $5,000, it is ridiculous for anyone to claim that there is a monopoly.

  • Shane

    Sorry, @disqus_j37KRLmI1P:disqus BUT….If you really look at the bill…it states that each cardholder is allowed to hold a maximum of 2.5 ounces at any time. In the language of the bill, they state that the large grow sites not only get their licenses first, but that the “marijuana commission” will set levels of production as to not allow the medical mj to land on the black market. Ok…so..now the math. Tier 1 facilities are at a max of 15 in the state…and there is an estimation that there will be 215,000 cardholders . Remember…quite a few of these cardholders may not use a dispensary, so we can assume that this projection is high, as they will grow at home. Assuming you get a perfectly acceptable yield of an ounce and a half per square foot…15 facilities x 25,000 sq ft x 1.5 ounces (1.5 ounce at 25,000 sq ft)=562,500 ounces. Now, divide that by the arguably bloated projection of 215,000 patients (562,500/215000=2.61 ounces per patient). It estimates that these facilities will EASILY produce 2.61 ounces MINIMUM per patient per 8 week average grow cycle (which is an underestimate, especially considering when at least 10 per cent will most likely grow themselves).. I don’t know about you…but that seems to me NOT to leave any room for the commission to allow very many tier 2 grows, due to the specification in the amendment that if supply exceeds the demand of the patients, they must close down some grows. I think it will be a “fairy tale”…as you say…to believe that the commission is going to shut down the commercial tier 1 facilities (that were granted a disguised monopoly). Obviously, at the very least…the 15 tier one facilities have immense control over the market. And that’s completely unfair. I disagree completely. I will vote no, and I would love to vote yes for a TRULY open market proposal.

    • Richard McDonough

      Get this for now, then legalize next election! Go to initiativepetitionsohio.com where ALL Ohio initiative petitions are welcome…That does not mean the people will pass them.