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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.


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  1. 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. Sandie Kessell on

    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.

  6. Sandie Kessell on

    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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

  10. 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?

  11. 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?

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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***

  15. 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***

  16. 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
    **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!

  17. 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.”

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

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

  19. 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.

  20. This was telling:

    Marijuana cultivation above four homegrown plants would remain illegal
    in the state, which means Ohio law enforcement would be acting, in
    effect, as taxpayer-financed protectors of ResponsibleOhio’s cartel.

  21. 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].

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. Kimberly Rupp on

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


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

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