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Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers) About The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Campaign

Responsible Ohio LogoI am not a fan of marijuana prohibition in any way. There is not one provision of marijuana prohibition that I support. That’s why I get up everyday and try as hard as I can to support reform efforts across America and beyond. With that being said, I’m a realist. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, and if there’s one thing that I learned while studying American politics is that nothing is ever perfect. That’s especially true with marijuana politics. In a perfect world, federal prohibition would end, and marijuana would be regulated like tomatoes. Each cannabis consumer would be a responsible one, and everything would be merry.

Unfortunately, that’s not the reality in America. Each state has a certain acceptance level for marijuana, with some states being like Oregon which will be allowing possession of up to 8 ounces and home cultivation in a couple of weeks, or Colorado where anyone over the age of 21 can come in and purchase recreational marijuana. But then there are states like Idaho, which has politicians that have previously passed a bill making it illegal to even reform marijuana laws (that’s right, Idaho hates marijuana so much it made it even more illegal somehow).

Marijuana legalization efforts are going to vary from state to state. Some states will allow high possession limits and cultivation, while some states will be like Washington and allow possession of an ounce, but no home cultivation. As Russ Belville always says, ‘the best marijuana legalization initiative is the one that wins.’ Campaigns have to not concede anything that they don’t need to, which is what I think happened in Washington with the lack of home grow provision. But on the other hand they have to concede enough to get swing voters to approve the initiative so that it doesn’t lose on election day, similar to what happened in Oregon in 2012 with Measure 80.

The most controversial marijuana reform effort right now is the Ohio marijuana legalization initiative, which is being run by ResponsibleOhio. There are a lot of misconceptions out there right now about the initiative. I will be the first to say that the initiative is not perfect, and there are definitely valid reasons for criticism, but I feel that a lot of people haven’t done their homework about the initiative. No matter what the political issue is, I’m fine if people want to vote one way or another, that’s their Constitutional right. However, when people get all fired up and do nothing but perpetuate false or incomplete information, it really waters down what could be constructive conversations.

I reached out to the Ohio campaign. I asked if they could compile some of the most frequently asked questions about the campaign and initiative, and responses to those concerns, and they were kind enough to respond. I’m sure there will be a lot of comments, as there usually is when it comes to this topic, and I just ask that people try to remain respectful and think your comments through. I’d love to see a constructive conversation about this, on both sides of the issue. That way people can benefit from each other’s knowledge, and make the informed decision.

From The ResponsibleOhio Campaign

There are a lot of misunderstandings about ResponsibleOhio’s work to legalize marijuana in Ohio. Perhaps the most misunderstood is our home grow provision. We’d like to take this opportunity to explain our goals and what’s actually in the amendment and how it would effect you.

Is There Home Grow?

ResponsibleOhio’s proposal includes a home grow provision comparable to most other states. Our original plan did not, but we listened to your feedback and revised the entire amendment to include this important right.

Flowering Plants

One common complaint is that the amendment only allows flowering plants to be grown. This obviously doesn’t make sense, which has lead some to say that it is an intentional loophole.

Here’s what the amendment actually says:

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This paragraph establishes that it is legal for those 21 and over to grow marijuana as long as the other rules laid out in the amendment and by the commission are followed. One of those rules is to establish the maximum amount that can be grown. The amendment places no caps on the amount of starts or clones that can be grown, only on the number that can be flowering at once (4) and the number of ounces that can be on-hand (8).

What’s with the Commission?

ResponsibleOhio’s plan puts a state commission in place to oversee the marijuana industry and empowers the commission to make rules regarding the new industry. This will be an independent commission appointed by the governor and not in anyway controlled by ResponsibleOhio. The main job of the Commission is to oversee enforce rules regarding licensing and permits, and to also establish the finer points of the law. The Commission will be empowered to make sure Ohio’s rules address changing social norms. It is modeled in design after the Ohio Liquor Control Commission. There will be one position each for; patient advocates, small business owners, medical experts, legal experts, members of the public and law enforcement. This diversity is to make sure a variety of voices are heard.

The Amendment Reads:

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Won’t the Commission/Governor/Legislature make home grow impossible?

The amendment guarantees that no rules can be enacted that make home grow “unreasonably impracticable.” This means that, home growers will have the same level of protection from unfair rules that the commercial grows will have after passage.

Won’t the feds bust down my door?

Until the Federal law changes, no state can promise or even suggest immunity from federal law enforcement. However, Federal attitudes regarding marijuana enforcement is changing. If you do not break the rules promulgated by the Commission, the Ohio Code, or move marijuana across state borders, you probably will never be targeted by a Federal Investigation.

I like the rules better in…

ResponsibleOhio has carefully considered every single law ever passed regarding marijuana legalization. We feel we have crafted an Amendment that will address the current and future practical issues of legalization specifically for Ohio and this developing industry.

  • You don’t need a license to make beer at home. A license gives them a name and address. Just like a patient registry. This is a VERY BAD IDEA. Especially with Federal Prohibition still in force.

    And if you are going to post bits of the law how about a type size that is readable.

    • Sorry about that, the blog software probably resized it. A higher res version of the images is below or you can read it online at http://responsibleohio.com/the-amendment/

    • JohnB

      Lots of folks are making this paranoid argument about being on some registry for growing, as if, when the conservative revolution comes, some jack-booted government thugs are going to use the list to go door-to-door looking for home grows. If this is really the scenario you fear, then you should be much more worried about the general state of things in America should such a time come to pass. I know people hate RO for the so-called monopoly aspect, but this “we’ll be on a list that will be used against us” hyperbole is simply nonsense.

      • Well of course it is non-sense. Until it isn’t.

        They told Australians that the gun registry would not be used for confiscations. And it wasn’t. Until it was.

        No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

        • JohnB

          If this is really the scenario you fear, then you should be much more worried about the general state of things in America should such a time come to pass.

          • Acidsex

            Americans are and demonstrated their worry this past November with their rebuke of Obama and his policies that even he himself said were on the ballot.

          • Americans have also indicated their worry by buying guns and ammunition in record numbers. Year after year since the election of 2008.

          • Well I am worried about the general State of things in America. Our “protectors” have no honor. Our politicians have no honor.

            And very large swaths of the population have no problem with a Police State as long as it is used against Them Other Fellows. It is never a case of “the other guys are mistaken” it is a case of “the other guys are evil witches and warlocks – kill them.”

          • And John,

            Where business and government collude there are names we use for that sort of arrangement. Oligarchy is one. And fascism is another. Cartelization is a third. None of those things is good for the people.

            Is it better than the current state of Prohibition? Well we may find out if Ohio passes this “thing”.

            What can we tell for sure? Lots of men with guns will be required to make it work. The people signed up for home grows will have to be inspected to make sure they are following the law. And all the government agencies will have open or covert entry. “For the children.”

            If I was to pick a State to live in based on cannabis laws Ohio would not make the list – even if this passes.

            Every tax, every regulation comes with an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

            No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

      • Acidsex

        The monopoly part is only one aspect. It’s the secrecy of these ten growers that is even more bothersome especially when you are asking the voters to grant these ten companies a voter sponsored monopoly.

        And you obviously haven’t studied history because if you had, you would have learned that this is how our country came about through our revolution. Nor are you current with modern times and all of the senseless raids that are occurring with owner’s dogs being shot or babies being hit with flash bang grenades. How about those legal gun owners having their identities and addresses published not too long ago by their local news? To act as if the odds are so much against it occurring when in fact it is indeed occurring shows how narrow sighted you are.

  • Ohio Voter

    A vote for ResponsibleOhio is a Vote against Ohioans rights to Free Market!!!!

    Here are some irrefutable FACTS on ResponsibleOhio’s amendment:

    – ResponsibleOhio’s investors own 10 farms that will control the production of the state’s ENTIRE medical & retail supply of THC (flowers, concentrates, extract, etc)

    – All retail and medical dispensaries are required by law to buy ALL THC (plants, concentrates, extracts) from ResponsibleOhio’s Investors 10 farms

    – Over 4 “flowering” plants w/o a state license is criminal offense under ResponsibleOhio

    – No Caretaker Growing. Absolutely ZERO provisions for medical caretaker growing –if ur too sick to grow your own, you must buy from dispensary.

    – Amendment re-claissifies marijuana as “all parts of the plant, seeds, leaves, stalk, roots, etc”.

    – Establishes specific 6month timeline for the construction of investors mega farms, BUT does establish ANY timeline for Marijuana Control Commission issuance of homegrow licenses

    – Does NOT specify what requirements citizens must abide by to obtain homegrow license

    – Mysterious Homegrow license allow for ONLY 4 “flowering plants” PER HOUSEHOLD *not person.

    ResponsibleOhio wants you to believe Ohioans CANNOT be trusted in a free-market
    ResponsibleOhio wants you to believe the way to have safe marijuana is for their investors to grow it.
    ResponsibleOhio wants you to believe they are for the people, not 10 private investment firms
    ResponsibleOhio wants you to believe their monopoly is the only chance for Ohio legalization
    ResponsibleOhio wants you to believe they are the only millionaires willing to legalize the industry

    Do you believe ResponsibleOhio?????

  • Acidsex

    You do realize that in Ohio, they consider all parts of the plant as usable currently when they weigh for the 3.5 ounces under their decrim law, right? So RO says there is no limit on how many plants can be started or vegged but it will be very easy for even one plant to exceed the 8 ounce limit when one weighs the entire plant including stem, leaves, buds, and root mass. This will be exploited by the state because they make no distinction between usable bud and the rest of the plant. It’s all considered for weight with the state authorities.

    • JohnB

      The text of the amendment is presented here. I know it’s a small font, but you should read it here or elsewhere – the actual amendment language.
      It says, very specifically, “8 ounces of usable” cannabis, so while stems etcetera are considered part of the total weight under current decriminalization, under this proposal, the total amount for consideration is changed to only the amount that is “usable,” meaning DRIED flowers, period. Eight ounces of ready-to-use bud is a lot, by any measure.

      • Ohio Voter

        John Berling, you’ve stated many times that you are opening a dispensary and are casual friends with an “Investor”.

        I find your claims that only dried flowers are usable ignorant, and misleading. Nowhere in the amendment does it specify “dried flowers”, only specifys “usable”, and last i checked you can use marijuana in any state veg, or flower. I.E. Whole Plant Extracts

        • JohnB

          Read the article…and then read the amendment.

          • Nathaniel

            I think what is being missed here is the eventuality of the Ohio state legislature to clearly define what is usable. Does anyone believe they would error on the side of whole plant extraction as usable?
            If so there is a problem and ResponsibleOhio should make amendments to clarify on their own. Additionally, they should remove the need for homegrow licenses and registration. Homegrows do not need oversight just guidance [aka 4 flowering plants per household].

      • Acidsex

        Again, Ohio law doesn’t differentiate between usable and the remainder of the plant. It can be argued and demonstrated that the entire plant in usable in one facet or another. You continue to focus strictly on the buds produced while ignoring the remainder of the plant which Ohio law will not do even if this passes. Hence one plant can easily surpass the 8 ounce restriction listed in their proposal. Sorry, John, but you won’t be getting support from me or the more intelligent activists in the Ohio area. Something is not better than nothing especially when the something only truly serves a small segment of people that could give a fuck about this movement and care more about making a profit. Here is to your defeat in November.

        • JohnB

          “while ignoring the remainder of the plant which Ohio law will not do even if this passes” What specific evidence do you have to support this conjecture?

          The amendment specifically prohibits “unreasonably impracticable” rules from being proposed, developed or implemented by the MCC, and clearly, allowing home grow while prohibiting any “gross” amount over eight ounces (stems, root ball, etc…) is unreasonably impracticable.

          My wife is a lawyer. She too always assumes the worst-case-scenario. It drives me crazy, and in almost every instance, she is wrong. Is anything positive beyond the worst case scenario arguably “gravy?” Sure, but if you want to live your life assuming the worst, then you can’t possibly hope for the best.
          Me, I’m not a pessimist.

          • Acidsex

            Well when you are doing something that can affect many people’s freedom without addressing and covering all bases, you would be a fool not to assume the worst especially in a state where the state government is majorly opposed to any sort of legalization. I still cannot support a bad proposal that fails to truly deliver freedom and equality for all and will do my best to convince as many to vote against it this November.

          • JohnB

            “without addressing and covering all bases”
            What you are proposing is that this constitutional amendment language should have preemptively accomplished all the tasks that are specifically assigned to the MCC which is created by this amendment.
            The MCC is responsible for making the specific rules, not RO, and not the amendment.
            This constitutional language, like ALL constitutional language – including especially the Constitution of the United States – is necessarily broad, and, to some degree, vague.
            That vagueness leaves room for future constituencies to change specific laws as the times change, even as the governing constitutional principle remains the same.
            Just think of the mess we would be in had “freedom of speech” been specifically limited to what the founding fathers could envision or would approve.

          • newageblues

            The MCC would be appointed by the Governor, and the Ohio courts would rule on whether their rules are reasonable. That doesn’t sound at all reassuring to me. Why would you expect either of them to act honorably where cannabis is concerned?

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Many thanks to The Weed Blog for this important update and for encouraging debate. My only concern (aside from the lack of action at the federal level) is the continuing use of the overly politicized, Mexican Spanish slang term “marijuana” in such initiatives. The scientific/botanical names for these plants are “Cannabis sativa” and “Cannabis indica” (other cannabis varieties are reportedly not valued in America as much). I think any initiative MUST correct the legal nightmare created by Harry Anslinger, the original pusher of this tyrannical anti-“marihuana” prohibition, which has exclusively targeted the seedless female flowers of cannabis plants for 8 f@#%ing decades. We all know how cannabis hemp (male and female flowers cultivated together by farmers) also yields stalks that contain highly useful pulp and some of the strongest natural fibers on Earth. Hemp seeds can be pressed to produce amazingly useful and nutritious oil. It should be perfectly legal for citizens to grow all types of cannabis again, with minimal interference by government agents, much like Americans did for the first 160 years of United States history. Anything less simply prolongs our national “marihuana” nightmare.

    • I agree.

      No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

      • JohnB

        “No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.”
        That sounds Great! Please let us all know when you get that on Ohio’s ballot, and we’ll all gladly vote for it.
        Until then, the reality is that we are faced with choosing between this proposal and continued prohibition.
        So, you can vote “no” to RO this November and hope that, despite their years of previous failures, one of the other groups will finally get something on the ballot for NEXT year (2016), or the year after that, or the year after THAT,or, you can vote “yes” to a proposal that, despite its many flaws, legalizes cannabis NOW.
        The choice is between an ethereal ideal and a tangible reality.

        • I don’t live in Ohio.

          But you have to consider that you will not end the police State with this. The police will go from enforcing Prohibition to enforcing a legal cartel.

          Is that an improvement? We won’t know until we see it in operation. But there are still incentives for Secret Police, Informers, and 3 AM Gestapo Raids.

          • Nathaniel

            The police and nanny state is never going away, not until the end of the earth. You preach frequently about the need to drastically reduce government intervention, but never put forth an alternative that could work or is feasible.
            I am all for dreaming of a utopia, but that has to be tempered with a real world understanding of how change happens slowly in this system.

          • I have an alternative to government intervention.

            No government intervention.

            You tell me there is no alternative to the authoritarian State. Those kinds of places are revolting. And that is what eventually happens. 1776. Don’t tread on me.

            I’d just as soon not have to go to the expense and trouble of a revolt.

        • The choice is between an ethereal ideal and a tangible reality.

          The choice is between one kind of police State and another.

    • This is how government works:

      Every tax, every regulation comes with it an army of bureaucrats and behind that an army (with guns) of enforcers.

      He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

      No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

  • Ohio Voter

    Nevermind the ResponsibleOhio Shills. Here are some FACTS they cannot refute:

    – the Amendment limits all cultivation & extraction of retail and medical marijuana to 10 ResponsibleOhio Investors’ Farms.

    – All medical and retail dispensaries BY LAW can only sell THC produced by the 10 Investor’s mega farms.

    – Homegrow is limited to a maximum of 4 flowering plants PER HOUSEHOLD.

    – Homegrows MUST be registered with the state + yearly fees, and over 4 “flowering” plants is a criminal offense.

    – No timeline, or requirements are specified for the issuance of Homegrow Permits, while the amendment mandates a specific 6-month timeline for the construction of the Investors mega-grows.

    – NO medical caregiver growing –if your too sick to grow your own, you must buy their products from a dispensary

    – transporting over 1 ounce is a criminal offense

    Now please tell me why Voting away the free-market worth $2 billion is a good idea???????

    I hope Johnny will do an article on the OTHER groups trying to legalize a free market in 2016

    • Rob

      Hey Ohio Voter, read the ammendment language rather than making it up! It is not per “HOUSEHOLD” it is per person.

      Sect. 2nd paragraph: “It is lawful for persons 21 years of age or older to grow, cultivate, use, possess and share with another person 21 years of age or older homegrown marijuana in an amount not to exceed four flowering marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable homegrown marijuana at a given time;…..

      I think people like Ohio Voter really don’t want legalization at all!

      • Ohio Voter

        i think people like you are desperate bootlickers that are willing to put a monopoly into our constitution just so you can buy a bag.

        if you want the future of marijuana legalization efforts to be corporate investor monopolys, you aint no real smoker, and you definetly aint no American

        suck it

  • Ohio Voter

    Despite ResponsibleOhio WHACK homegrow, Here are some FACTS they cannot refute:

    – the Amendment limits all cultivation & extraction of retail and medical marijuana to 10 ResponsibleOhio Investors’ Farms.

    – All medical and retail dispensaries BY LAW can only sell THC produced by the 10 Investor’s mega farms.

    – Homegrow is limited to a maximum of 4 flowering plants PER HOUSEHOLD.

    – Homegrows MUST be registered with the state + yearly fees, and over 4 “flowering” plants is a criminal offense.

    – No timeline, or requirements are specified for the issuance of Homegrow Permits, while the amendment mandates a specific 6-month timeline for the construction of the Investors mega-grows.

    – NO medical caregiver growing –if your too sick to grow your own, you must buy their products from a dispensary

    • Bugz

      Sect. I, Fifth paragraph, first sentence of the RO amendment. “The Commission
      shall issue annual licenses to marijuana establishments, and register home growing applicants, no later than 90 days after receipt of the completed application unless the Commission finds the applicant is not eligible for a license or registration under applicable laws and regulations.”

    • Bugz

      Sect. H, first paragraph, 2nd sent. ” Such stores may sell only marijuana purchased from licensed MGCE facilities
      and marijuana-infused products purchased
      from licensed MPM facilities, and shall sell no other goods or services except for marijuana accessories and related
      products.”
      **There is no exclusion from out of state commerce*** Having to be licensed in state vs. violating the US Constitution Commerce clause by prohibiting out of state competition are two different things!

    • Bugz

      Sect. 2nd paragraph: “It is lawful for persons 21 years of age or older to grow, cultivate, use, possess and share with
      another person 21 years of age or older homegrown marijuana in an amount not to exceed four flowering marijuana plants and eight ounces
      of usable homegrown marijuana at a given time; provided, however, that such person must first obtain a non-transferrable license pursuant to Commission-promulgated rules and regulations, which include, at a minimum, registration requirements and rules ensuring that homegrown marijuana is not grown or consumed within public view and that home-growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space inaccessible to persons under the age of 21.” ***The word “household” is no where in the entire amendment***

    • Bugz

      Sect. A, 4th sentence. . . . growth,
      cultivation and extraction of marijuana and medical marijuana to be sold within the state will occur only at site-specific, state-regulated facilities.
      Sect. L . Def. 6 “Marijuana” and “marihuana” mean all parts of the plant of the genus cannabis whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant, and every compound, salt derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or its resin.
      Sect. L. Def. 5 “Homegrown marijuana” means marijuana grown by a person 21 years of age or older at that person’s place of residence for purposes that are not dependent or conditioned upon the provision or receipt of financial consideration, including but not limited to trading and bartering. The sale of homegrown marijuana is unlawful.

      ***If it is not “to be sold” you can extract it and have up to 8 oz of homegrown marijuana at home, along with up to 4 flowering plants***

  • Ohio Voter

    With all due respect, why wont you let me post the FACTS about ResponsibleOhio??

    • Ohio Voter

      FACTS

      – the Amendment limits all cultivation & extraction of retail and medical marijuana to 10 ResponsibleOhio Investors’ Farms.

      – All medical and retail dispensaries BY LAW can only sell THC produced by the 10 Investor’s mega farms.

      – Homegrow is limited to a maximum of 4 flowering plants PER HOUSEHOLD.

      – Homegrows MUST be registered with the state + yearly fees, and over 4 “flowering” plants is a criminal offense.

      – No timeline, or requirements are specified for the issuance of Homegrow Permits, while the amendment mandates a specific 6-month timeline for the construction of the Investors mega-grows.

      – NO medical caregiver growing –if your too sick to grow your own, you must buy their products from a dispensary

  • Hugh Jewrection

    Us commoners don’t care what you political analysts say. Ohio is setting a precedent with the huge amount of support (more than half a million registered voter signatures to legalize marijuana) that was generated in no-less-than less than 3 months. Based on this historical support of an issue, it’s time to take a refresher course on political analytical studies. People are tired of political games and they have truly spoken. See you in November!

    • newageblues

      Plenty of ‘commoners’ are planning to vote against RO so you’re not speaking for as many people as you claim to be.

      Do you dislike Jews or something?

  • Now suppose this passes. Police will be required to watch the borders to prevent “under priced” pot from coming into the state and under cutting the “legal” growers.

    The Police State will not go away. It will just shift its focus.

    • DMReed

      Just like when the feds eventually legalize, weed will just shift from the dea to the atf.

  • Kimberly Rupp

    HighTimes Magazine’s Prints ResposibleOHio’s Response to their article – Plus HighTimes Rebuttal (link to org. article also listed) #Truth #JustSayKnow #ResponsibleOhio #LegalizeTheRightWay

    AN OPINION WORTH THE READ

    Highhttp://www.hightimes.com/read/responsibleohio-responds-criticism-high-times-follows-rebuttal#HTRebuttal Times

  • Sinclair

    Marijuana reform is not perfect but as we have seen with other states you can go against initiatives and possibly loose any reform and legalization or go for initiatives that that have reform and legalization but support mega grow or big gov. Just remember it is easier to change poor legislation than not have any legalization.

    • Nathaniel

      This is 100% correct. Keeping the status quo is far more damaging to the cause than moving forward with legislation that may not be ideal or even palatable.

    • Capt.Jim

      Not so you cant change it if you dont have lobbyist which I am sure they have to make sure it is not changed just like the casinos in Ohio

  • Randy Baker

    I think it’s going to come down to getting caught with too much or unregistered pot will be a felony in the future. It might become legal but it’s never good when the government puts their fingers in things to gain control. Think about this. You get caught with a Lil unregistered pot “just a little” it will be a felony.

  • Nathaniel

    Registration for home grows? I would not be game for that.
    The piece read as if there are no limits to starts or vegetative growing, which is awesome, but odd. That type of leeway lends itself to abuse by the growers. On the other hand it also allows a home grower to have many different strains on hand.

    Let’s say you are bored of your Lemon Diesel, AK47, Cherry Soda, and Purple Urkle and instead are interested in flowering Green Crack, Blue Dream, Bubba Og, and Vanilla Kush. You could have all those on hand and just keep rotating as you see fit. That is potentially one of the best ideas to date.

  • Jason

    The fact that they added the “Home Grow” provision to try to buy our votes speaks for itself. Keep in mind that they only did that because it became obvious to them that we were going to go to the poles and vote them down FLAT. Anybody can buy weed, it’s the medical patients that need it, and it fairly large quantities, that need it grown at home. R.O. does not give a **** about them. Or us.

  • Jenn Soley

    Can RO explain another portion of the bill/initiative (not sure exactly the state this is all in at the current moment), is it true that there will ONLY be 10 “Grow Sites” in Ohio if passed? Does this mean only 10 individuals/Families/Entities or Corporations will get rich off of this in mass quantities? Not sure if that will be the right way to go either, now we are feeding the system of inequality!

  • Sandie Kessell

    My main concern is that cannibus oil will only be available for children with seizures. Although it may be extremely beneficial for young patients, I believe that the oil would be just as beneficial for people with dibilitating and life threatening illnesses such as cancer. Although there are really no documented human clinical studies approved by the FDA…there are hundreds if not thousands of individuals that claim cannibus oil either reduced or eliminated horrible side effects from radiation and chemotherapy and in many cases claim to be completely tumor free after a period of time from ingesting the oil. The more I research, the more I am disgusted with powers that be that continuously try to squash this information. It should be the people’s choice, not state or government…but you are right, only in a perfect world. Do you believe that by passing this law there will be amendments made to it in the future to include more provisions that would benefit a larger range of terminally ill patients and if so is there a law that states once a law has been passed it has to wait a certain period of time before it is changed again? Tx.

  • Sandie Kessell

    I just posted one other comment…but I just want to say one more thing. For those of you who are on the fence about whether to vote yes or no, I would like for you to take one thing into account. There are so many people out there with life threatening illnesses, including inoperable brain tumours. Marijuana is safer than any over the counter medication in the world. Until you have been directly faced with something like this, you may not understand how difficult it is to feel completely helpless when there is even a tiny shred of hope just out of your reach because of legalities, especially if your not rich and can’t afford to move to a legal state even temporarily. I know this bill is far from perfect, but please think of the ones who really need it. And in case your wondering, I do not smoke it myself, nor do I have a desire to do so, but I have seen first hand what it can do for others. Tx for reading.

  • Andy Black

    How will marijuana be taxed in Ohio it will be an agricultural product? Ag products in Ohio are tax exempt, and so is any equipment used to produce/process them. Will a concurrent loophole be written in the tax code to legalize collection of revenue from otherwise tax exempt sales of cannabis and the machines used in its growing processes?

  • hamurobby

    I have three questions.

    The first is what am I expected to do if my plants produce more then eight ounces?

    I have a friend a few houses down my street who has 6 kids, their house is small and there is no feasible way to grow herb out of the children’s reach. I live alone. If a neighbor has a grow license can we cultivate it at my home beside my buds?

    I also noticed that the law says I can’t trade weed? If my friend is growing one strain and I’m growing another I want to trade and share a little, I thought this was gonna be a lot more fun. So if I’m riding home with a half bag of my stuff and an eighth of my buddys is that going to be a legal problem?

    I’m confused by how what is written will be interpreted and would love a little help understanding?

  • hamurobby

    I think legalization will stop most supposed paranoia associated with weed, but I guess I still have trepidations that some folks will be pricks as much as they can about