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Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin

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During a city-wide vote on Tuesday September 15, 70% of Toledoans said YES to removing all criminal penalties for possession of under 200 grams of marijuana and reducing penalties for larger possession offenses.

The ordinance “eliminate fines and jail time for marijuana violations and lowers all marijuana crimes in the Toledo Municipal Code to lowest level allowed under state law… The measure would also prohibit asset forfeitures and driver’s license suspensions for marijuana violations and forbid reporting of convictions to professional licensing agencies when the the offense is prosecuted under the Toledo Municipal Code and not the Ohio Revised Code,” per a report in the Toledo Blade newspaper.

The proposal, called the Sensible Marihuana Orinance, is the result of a successful petition signature drive. Once the signature total was verified the Toledo City Council had an opportunity to adopt the proposed Ordinance. On August 26, 2014, with an 11-1 vote they refused to do so. The city’s residents have corrected that mistake.

The proposal was supported by local ACLU and National Organization of Women representatives.

It was the marijuana issue that brought people to the polls, in shockingly large numbers, said Kevin Spitler, owner of the Toledo Hemp Center. “The turnout was almost double,” Spitler said, “and 99.12% voted on the issue.”

Of the 16,201 Toledo voters casting a ballot on Tuesday, 16,058 indicated their choice on Issue 1. Voting on the marijuana ordinance was optional.

The Toledo Blade states the most recent election bearing a similarity to this one occurred in 2011. At that time, only 4.4% of the city’s eligible voters participated in the election. 9.06% of the city’s 178,000 eligible voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Why did so many show up to cast their votes? The pot thing.

Although the September 15 election was city-wide, only 4 Districts were voting on anything other than the marijuana ordinance. In those four Districts a total of 9,500 voters selected a candidate in the primary elections for City Council positions. Votes in the Council elections were not taken in the other Districts, where there were two or less candidates vying for the Council position.

More than 6,700 voters went to the polls in Toledo just to make a choice regarding the decriminalization of marijuana. Even in the Districts where Council positions were being voted on, a significant portion of voters ignored the candidates and ONLY voted on the marijuana ordinance issue.  In District 1, 8% of voters arriving at the polls only voted on the issue of a marijuana ordinance; in District 3, it was 6%; District 4, 5.2%; and in District 6, 4.2%.

The votes, as reported by the Lucas County election website:

Issue 1 Sensible Marihuana

Total Votes 16058

YES 11261 70.13%

NO 4797 29.87%

The full language of the Ordinance can be found HERE.

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Source: The Compassion Chronicles

  • Ty Thacker

    YES ON 3 ! RO is the ONLY group anywhere close to raising the funding and 800,000 signatures needed for a ballot campaign. Vote no and you will never see legal cannabis in ohio. We can always amend the bill in the years to come to allow for small business production too.

    Anyone or any business that is against legal cannabis is a fool. No one has ever died in history from cannabis yet alcohol kills thousands. Businesses already drug test for cannabis and businesses in legal states like Colorado still drug test. Legalization does not force businesses to accept cannabis users (yet they should).

    Colorado police and military are reporting a constant decline in DUI’s, violent crime, domestic abuse, youth drug use, and hard drug use like heroin. And they are collecting $60+ million a year in taxes for their schools, etc. It is a win-win for everyone.

  • Scott Dahlstrom

    This is a good sign for Issue 3 in November. Let’s hope the trend continues!

  • Ty Thacker

    YES ON 3 ! RO is the ONLY group anywhere close to raising the funding and 800,000 signatures needed for a ballot campaign. Vote no and it will be many years until legal cannabis comes to ohio. Responsible Ohioans For Cannabis has stated that we can amend RO’s plan next year to allow for small business, etc. Vote yes now and end the criminality of weed and give sick and dying patients access to their medicine. A temporary monopoly is better than prohibition.

    CO/WA can get a grassroots campaign going because of the hippies, etc that live there. In Ohio we have repubs and police/prison guard unions that fight hard against legalization (issue 2 for example). RO’s plan is the only way tightass Ohio will get legal weed. It will have to at first be heavily controlled. At least our tax rate will be much lower than CO/WA so there will be less black market competition. If you vote no on Issue 3 then weed will get a even worse rap in Ohio.

    Anyone or any business that is against legal cannabis is a fool. No one has ever died in history from cannabis yet alcohol kills thousands. Businesses already drug test for cannabis and businesses in legal states like Colorado still drug test. Legalization does not force businesses to accept cannabis users (yet they should).

    Colorado police and military are reporting a constant decline in DUI’s, violent crime, domestic abuse, youth drug use, and hard drug use like heroin. And they are collecting $60+ million a year in taxes for their schools, etc. It is a win-win for everyone..

    • We second you and issue 3 100% here at: http://GrassyOhio.com

    • We here at GrassyOhio agree with issue 3 and most of what you just said. This is Ohio’s chance to start. Nothing is set in stone, we can change it later to run exactly as we dream of, but for now let’s just prove that Ohioains want recreational marijuana and that mainly good comes from legalizing it.

    • Dwight Huth

      In reality what Issue 2 did was it made the legal aspect of growing cultivating and using marijuana by any legal resident of Ohio for personal non-profit use and the commercialized growing, cultivation and selling of marijuana illegal under an assumed notion of both aspects of its legality as being a monopoly which is not true by any means. With the commercialization of marijuana in Ohio by legal and sanctioned entities products not associated with the direct use of marijuana in the form of smoking it through a pipe or other device is present. These products include fuel, paper, food, rope, maps, clothes, nets, lace, soap, sails, shoes, plastics, explosives, caulking, fiberboard, paint, sealant, methanol, gasoline, fibre for fuel, bricks, charcoal, auto bodies, packing mass, lubricants, oil for lighting, oil for fuel, oil for lights, animal food, furniture, mats, varnish, lotions, ointments, lacquer, salad dressings. With an estimated 50,000 commercial uses not directly involved with using marijuana for personal and commercial by smoking marijuana the waste plant left over as the well as the plant it self when cultivated from the commercial farms for non smoking use would have
      been purchased by other non-associated companies or subsidiaries of the commercial companies within Ohio that would then have produced their product from.

      The only issue that was on hand during the General Election was the fact that the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana in Ohio constructed the wording of Issue 2 to make it appear as though a monopoly was being formed. Issue 2 did in fact make the illegal monopoly of growing, cultivating and selling marijuana legal only for those who do in fact grow, cultivate and sell marijuana illegally as the only means by which any resident of the state of Ohio is able to use marijuana. Growing marijuana for personal use in the form of smoking marijuana was issue at hand during the General Election because those who grow marijuana illegally do not have the resources to provide for any of the other 50,000 or so uses of marijuana other than smoking it. As such Issue 2 is in fact a monopoly against legalizing marijuana for personal use and commercial use in the 50,000 or so uses of marijuana to ensure that the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana retained their illegal customer base through their illegal product. Issue 2 is also violation of the Constitution of the United States of America as it has monopolized the freedom of choice of an Ohioan to grow and use marijuana for personal use without profit and the commercial growing and use of marijuana in the 50,000 or so uses of the plant where the only available means of using marijuana is controlled by the illegal for profit and non tax paying illegal grower and seller of marijuana in Ohio that as such is in fact extortion and premeditated criminal intent to introduce an issue to the Ohio voter that would so label the personal and commercial use of marijuana in Ohio as a monopoly so as to once again ensure that the illegal monopoly of marijuana growing and use in Ohio is maintained by illegal entities.

      Basically Issue 2 denied all of Ohioans the right to make a conscientious choice based on marijuana being legal to grow for personal use in the privacy of ones own home and not for profit as well as the commercial and for profit use so to allow only the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana in Ohio to retain rights to their product illegally with the no means by the general public to grow and use marijuana for non profit personal use and the commercial production of marijuana is in fact an illegal monopoly.

      After all if Issue 2 makes it illegal to produce marijuana commercially then who is left to produce marijuana? Those already producing marijuana illegally. Issue 2 was therefore written with premeditated criminal intent with the furtherance of ensuring the illegal activity of growing and selling marijuana in Ohio for personal use and none of the 50,000 other uses of marijuana remained an illegal monopoly and not a commercialized business that involved not only personal use but any of the 50,000 or so other uses for the Cannabis Plant.

      Nertle

      Issue 2 was written with criminal intent in mind and is therefore a criminal issue that was placed on the ballot to ensure that criminals in Ohio retained the right to manufacture and sell marijuana illegally. Seeing as how Issue 2 only benefits the illegal nature of the issue then Issue 2 was designed as an illegal monopoly and introduced as a Constitutionally sound argument that is lacking foundation.

      Issue 2 monopolized the freedom of choice so that only illegal growing and selling of marijuana could take place which is a monopoly because it denies others the opportunity to grow and use marijuana for non profit use so that only the criminals growing and selling marijuana would be able to do so.

  • After Issue 3 passes, go to GrassyOhio to find the locations of Ohio Marijuana Dispensaries! We will be doing reviews and much more there. We plain on working with TheWeedBlog to bring you all the best Ohio marijuana info.

  • STOP the GOVERNMENT and BIG PHARMA MONOPOLIES …. Vote NO on 2, YES on 3

  • Dwight Huth

    In reality what Issue 2 did was it made the legal aspect of growing cultivating and using marijuana by any legal resident of Ohio for personal non-profit use and the commercialized growing, cultivation and selling of marijuana illegal under an assumed notion of both aspects of its legality as being a monopoly which is not true by any means. With the commercialization of marijuana in Ohio by legal and sanctioned entities products not associated with the direct use of marijuana in the form of smoking it through a pipe or other device is present. These products include fuel, paper, food, rope, maps, clothes, nets, lace, soap, sails, shoes, plastics, explosives, caulking, fiberboard, paint, sealant, methanol, gasoline, fibre for fuel, bricks, charcoal, auto bodies, packing mass, lubricants, oil for lighting, oil for fuel, oil for lights, animal food, furniture, mats, varnish, lotions, ointments, lacquer, salad dressings. With an estimated 50,000 commercial uses not directly involved with using marijuana for personal and commercial by smoking marijuana the waste plant left over as the well as the plant it self when cultivated from the commercial farms for non smoking use would have
    been purchased by other non-associated companies or subsidiaries of the commercial companies within Ohio that would then have produced their product from.

    The only issue that was on hand during the General Election was the fact that the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana in Ohio constructed the wording of Issue 2 to make it appear as though a monopoly was being formed. Issue 2 did in fact make the illegal monopoly of growing, cultivating and selling marijuana legal only for those who do in fact grow, cultivate and sell marijuana illegally as the only means by which any resident of the state of Ohio is able to use marijuana. Growing marijuana for personal use in the form of smoking marijuana was issue at hand during the General Election because those who grow marijuana illegally do not have the resources to provide for any of the other 50,000 or so uses of marijuana other than smoking it. As such Issue 2 is in fact a monopoly against legalizing marijuana for personal use and commercial use in the 50,000 or so uses of marijuana to ensure that the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana retained their illegal customer base through their illegal product. Issue 2 is also violation of the Constitution of the United States of America as it has monopolized the freedom of choice of an Ohioan to grow and use marijuana for personal use without profit and the commercial growing and use of marijuana in the 50,000 or so uses of the plant where the only available means of using marijuana is controlled by the illegal for profit and non tax paying illegal grower and seller of marijuana in Ohio that as such is in fact extortion and premeditated criminal intent to introduce an issue to the Ohio voter that would so label the personal and commercial use of marijuana in Ohio as a monopoly so as to once again ensure that the illegal monopoly of marijuana growing and use in Ohio is maintained by illegal entities.

    Basically Issue 2 denied all of Ohioans the right to make a conscientious choice based on marijuana being legal to grow for personal use in the privacy of ones own home and not for profit as well as the commercial and for profit use so to allow only the illegal growers and sellers of marijuana in Ohio to retain rights to their product illegally with the no means by the general public to grow and use marijuana for non profit personal use and the commercial production of marijuana is in fact an illegal monopoly.

    After all if Issue 2 makes it illegal to produce marijuana commercially then who is left to produce marijuana? Those already producing marijuana illegally. Issue 2 was therefore written with premeditated criminal intent with the furtherance of ensuring the illegal activity of growing and selling marijuana in Ohio for personal use and none of the 50,000 other uses of marijuana remained an illegal monopoly and not a commercialized business that involved not only personal use but any of the 50,000 or so other uses for the Cannabis Plant.

    Issue 2 was written with criminal intent in mind and is therefore a criminal issue that was placed on the ballot to ensure that criminals in Ohio retained the right to manufacture and sell marijuana illegally. Seeing as how Issue 2 only benefits the illegal nature of the issue then Issue 2 was designed as an illegal monopoly and introduced as a Constitutionally sound argument that is lacking foundation.

    Issue 2 monopolized the freedom of choice so that only illegal growing and selling of marijuana could take place which is a monopoly because it denies others the opportunity to grow and use marijuana for non profit use so that only the criminals growing and selling marijuana would be able to do so.

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