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Ohio Medical Marijuana Amendment Gets One Step Closer

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ohio marijuanaOhio Medical Marijuana Supporters One Step Closer To Gathering More Signatures

I just read a very positive article from The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio. It was determined that ‘The Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment to the Ohio Constitution contains a “fair and truthful” summary and has the necessary 1,000 signatures of Ohio registered voters.’ According to the article, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine certified the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment yesterday. Next up, the Ohio Ballot Board will decide whether the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment will appear on the General Election ballot as a single issue or multiple issues.

I’m not from Ohio, so I’m not exactly sure what that means. Here in Oregon, we did a vote on a couple of measures in 1998, with each one dealing with medical marijuana. Here, when two similar initiatives appear on the ballot, the one with the higher vote total is the one that takes effect. I don’t know if that is what they are referring to in the article? If someone out there in Ohio could clarify in the comments section below, this poly sci nerd is curious!

If the Ohio Ballot Board gives the green light to the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment, medical marijuana supporters can start gathering the 385,245 valid signatures to put it on the ballot. The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment is already gathering signatures, and like in a lot of states, there will be multiple medical marijuana efforts. Ohio has long been prime for medical marijuana reform, and with big money inside the state, I feel like there is a good chance at victory come election day. What do you say Ohio, you up to the task?! I sure hope so!

Information about the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2012 is available at www.omca2012.org.

Information about the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment is at www.ohiommjballot.org/hometop.html.

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  1. I read ““Cannabis Plant” means a living plant of the genus cannabis with a root system at three inches in length.” to mean if the plant has a root system under 3 inches then it will not count toward the total number of plants a patient may possess.

  2. Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That’s what our misguided drug policy looks like. Isn’t it time we all stood up and told the government we’re tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  3. It’s obviously a typo with the word “least” missing. I don’t know what that means but it does appear to render this law worthless as far as cultivation is concerned.

  4. In section 11(3) the ballot with Ohio norml and OPN members (OATA) as petitioners states:

    “Cannabis Plant” means a living plant of the genus cannabis with a root system at three inches in length.

    ****That means, no more or no less then a 3 inch root***

    In addition, fees are specified in this proposed AMENDMENT – however, there is no schedule..(annual, monthly, each purchase?)

    And how about one of the interpretations of the language only allows for 2 safe access centers in the state?

    The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 welcomes a full review of both proposed ballot languages by drug policy reform advocates.

  5. 3 inch root on a plant? I couldn’t find this, maybe I missed it?

    The Ohio Amendment Treatment Act (OATA) lets you have up to 3.5 oz. and 12 plants.

    The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act (OMCA) lets you “possess an amount of medical Cannabis sufficient to meet their medical needs.”

  6. Please read both proposed ballot languages.

    The OMCA2012 creates rights for the medical marijuana patient. Right to confidentiality, right to be free of discrimination by the state, right to grow one’s own medicine…..

    The OATA sadly only allots for a 3 inch root on a plant. Section 11(3).

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