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ResponsibleOhio Marijuana Legalization Proposal Rejected By Attorney General

ohio marijuana responsibleohioDelays are not good when it comes to initiative related politics. Gathering signatures is not an easy thing to do. You have to get started gathering signatures early, and give it all you have, and even then often times it’s not enough to make the ballot. ResponsibleOhio is trying to legalize marijuana, and was gathering signatures for a legalization initiative until yesterday when the Ohio Attorney General rejected the proposal. Per Cleveland.Com:

The first step to putting an issue on the ballot is submitting a summary of the proposed amendment and 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters to the state attorney general. DeWine’s office decides whether the summary is a “fair and truthful” representation of the proposed amendment.

DeWine informed ResponsibleOhio the summary fell short in two areas:

  • It doesn’t mention that the proposed amendment allows adults over age 21 to share specified amounts of marijuana.
  • It does not “accurately reflect the manner in which proposed taxes would be distributed.”

DeWine also noted that one of the proposed marijuana growing sites identified in the amendment possibly violates the amendment’s restriction on where the sites can be located. The amendment would prohibit growing sites, marijuana product manufacturing and packaging and retail stores from being within 1,000 feet of a “house of worship,” public library, public elementary or secondary school, state-licensed child care center or playground adjacent to those facilities.

ResponsibleOhio was already planning on turning in a new proposal. ResponsibleOhio had been receiving a lot of criticism inside and outside of Ohio due to the fact that their original proposal didn’t allow home cultivation, and instead gave that right to just ten entities. The new proposal provides for a license that people can get to grow up to four plants. ResponsibleOhio has until July 1 to gather 305,591 valid signatures.

  • Nathaniel

    I don’t understand why they wouldn’t just produce a proposal that is functional the first time. Homework, or doing your due diligence, is key in areas where marijuana is not readily accepted by law makers or enforcers.

  • moldy

    ”…marijuana product manufacturing and packaging and retail stores from being within 1,000 feet of a “house of worship,” public library, public elementary or secondary school, state-licensed child care center or playground adjacent to those facilities.”
    This is one element of legalization that needs to stop. Just say “no” to these ridiculous zoning rules until bars, strip joints, liquior stores, smoke shops or cigarette sales, are on equal bases with weed. We need to stop giving in to this bullshit.

    • Irie Nature

      House of worship? So much for separation of church and state.

      • Uncle Arthur

        I’ll believe in the separation of church and state when religious institutions get their tax exempt status revoked.

      • Uncle Arthur

        I’ll believe in the separation of church and state when religious institutions get their tax exempt status revoked.

    • HighinHills

      It was the RO=RIP OFF group that put those clauses in their proposal

  • Acidsex

    Not really shocking and personally I am glad they got denied. It was greed and anti-competition from the start. The only reason they caved on the homegrow portion was because they literally pissed off those Ohioans who would rather grow their own than buy shit weed from a group of 10 people who hadn’t grown on a professional level and at a higher cost. And the fact that they didn’t even have a tax distribution plan from the start was fucking retarded at best. It is seriously amateur hour for those in Ohio trying to get legalization on the ballot. Wasn’t the MMJ proposal also rejected for Ohio by the Attorney General for incomplete and misleading information on the ballot?

    • sourpatchkid

      OK u might b rite bout the grown thing but ur totally off base wit sum of this….they have I guess what u could call a panel of ppl n one has been n the cannabis industry (if what they say is true) so ur jus assuming the weed is gonna b shit which more than likely isn’t going to b the true n they did as far as I have read it was sumthin like 50% went sum where 30% to another n 15% to another(I have to look it up for specifics) n it’d b taxed 15% on all levels….then when they went to change it they actually removed one grow site bcuz it was n conflict wit the 1000 ft rule so they was going to have to rewrite it neway they decided to add n the growing n lower the retail tax from 15% to 5% n then dewine came up wit these other “problems” so it was jus a sry excuse for him to reject it…..he had already said that it was a stupid idea so really he’s not looking at whats “fair n truthful” he’s jus against the idea of mj bn legal n will find NE excuse to make sure it doesn’t make it to the ballot…..

  • Doc Deadhead

    OMG, can we stop treating the SAFEST THING ON THE PLANET like the f**king bubonic plague or ebola.

    This asshole acts like just seeing the outside of the growing facility will turn children into hard core addicts. WTF, morons like this need to be removed, they lack the knowledge to preform their duties properly without being blinded by hate.

    The only reason for such ridiculous regulation is to prevent the implementation of a HARMLESS product, meanwhile this ass is sucking down cocktails every night with his crony buddies as they stand around bashing pot. Hippocrates.

  • Travis Reeves

    A small group of people think there opinion is better than the majority of Ohio residents? Sounds like a revolution just waiting to happen…

  • wowFAD

    My concern for Ohio is they (currently) have two potential proposals for recreational cannabis trying for the 2016 ballot. In a weird way, it might be good the Ohio AG has rejected one of them. Voters will be confused and the vote would be unnecessarily split with two initiatives on the same ballot. Ask California how well it worked out for them.

    As long as only one makes it onto the 2016 ballot, I’m convinced Ohio will clear majority support in 2016. Just don’t split the vote, folks.

    • kathy smelser

      I thought there was an issue with wording with both , and Dewine shot both down

    • sourpatchkid

      They actually got this wrong, responsibleohio is going for the 2015 ballot n I’m not sure what the other group is called but there is actually 3 groups ones underfunded which is called responsible Ohio for cannabis I think, responsibleohio which is backed by very rich ppl(which they caught a lot of hell for choosing this name for their group) n the other group is jus for medical cannabis(not sure of their name) n I mite actually have it wrong n sumway….its kinda confusing but I’ve been following responsibleOhio a lot cuz they have a better chance of actually makn it happen if dewine ever gets his head outta his butt….

      • sourpatchkid

        Correction there’s 4 groups…..

      • HighinHills

        The ohiorightsgroup made it past AG and has petitions still needing approximately 150 thousand signatures. Medical marijuana and industrial hemp with your home grow rights.

        • sourpatchkid

          N that’s the medical only group I want recreational approved also not jus one

  • Johnny Bloomington

    “a license that people can get to grow up to four plants”

    Why the hell would you need a license to grow your own weed? Stupidity! Throwing the state a monetary bone I guess.

    • kathy smelser

      Easy answer ,,,to make sure that to get a license their would be several hurtles with lots of fees attached

  • Cyndysub

    A delusional bible thumping republican whore to big business. DeWine is a founding member of this dangerous mental sickness. Religion is evil. Their brainwashed idiots get into office to spread their sickness on everyone.

    • kathy smelser

      Agree ,,,our Republican Gov, talks about the need for jobs, and Freedom from Gov, intrusion and cities need revenue ,,,,,, pot could be used for pain before starting pills , or maybe it will allow some to stay away from pills

  • James Webb

    They had all the signatures they needed last year but the crooked politicions sweeped them under the rug because Mike DeWine is taking money from the Big Pharm people not to allow it on the ballet !

  • FunkSac

    Colorado has a very proven model that is repeatable and has all the experience; Maybe a trip and some networking with the industry would be a good idea… #funksac

    • kycountry

      I agree with ya but, as nearly as I can figure, polititians can’t do research and they have no desire to travel, unless there’s money waiting. We’ve got one here in Ky who may be considering running for president. I would have voted for his daddy in a heartbeat but Lord help us if he actually gets that far. Definition of double-talk in the dictionary, has his picture beside of it……..peace

  • kathy smelser

    Ohio Att General was looking for any little reason to stop this from coming ,,,But If all goes well the Voters will decide ,,,hope for a Yes

  • kathy smelser

    AGREE ,,,,if they really want to see this thing pass , you would think they would have their ducks in order , esp, knowing how Att General feels about it ,,,he is no supporter of what the people want

  • sourpatchkid

    “Acidsex
    a day ago
    Not really shocking and personally I am glad they got denied. It was greed and anti-competition from the start. The only reason they caved on the homegrow portion was because they literally pissed off those Ohioans who would rather grow their own than buy shit weed from a group of 10 people who hadn’t grown on a professional level and at a higher cost. And the fact that they didn’t even have a tax distribution plan from the start was fucking retarded at best. It is seriously amateur hour for those in Ohio trying to get legalization on the ballot. Wasn’t the MMJ proposal also rejected for Ohio by the Attorney General for incomplete and misleading information on the ballot?”

    Ur jus making assumptions that the weed isn’t going to b great……u must only read what has been blogged n haven’t informed urself of everything that’s been going on…..dewine is looking for every excuse he can to not get this passed bcuz he thinks its a bad idea they were going to rewrite it neway they did have the taxes laid out as far as I’ve read n the only problem was the growing site that was n 1000 ft of the church dewine jus looks for excuses not to have this go to the ballot n its absurd if u ask me…..