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ResponsibleOhio Revises Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Allows Home Grow

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responsibleohio ohio marijuanaResponsibleOhio is trying to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio during the 2016 Election. When ResponsibleOhio announced its marijuana legalization initiative, there was a lot of outcry from activists in Ohio and nationwide. Much of the criticism was directed at ResponsibleOhio’s initiative language which forbid home cultivation, and instead provided for only ten cultivation facilities for the entire state. That ‘monopoly model’ was very unpopular, but I’m happy to say that ResponsibleOhio has updated their initiative to include home cultivation. Per Cleveland.Com:

Pro-pot group ResponsibleOhio announced Tuesday it plans to allow adults age 21 and older to grow marijuana at home in a revised proposal to legalize the drug in Ohio for personal and medical use.

Retail customers would pay 5 percent tax on pot and edible pot products instead of the previously proposed rate of 15 percent.

“After extensive conversations with experts and concerned citizens across the state and nation, ResponsibleOhio has decided to include regulated and limited home growing as a part of our amendment,” ResponsibleOhio Spokesperson Lydia Bolander said in a press release. “Combined with a lower tax rate for consumers, these changes will make our communities safer by smothering the black market.”

Ohio residents will be allowed to apply for a license to grow up to four plants at home. In order for the initiative to get on the ballot, ResponsibleOhio has to gather 305,591 valid signatures by July 1st. The initiative has strong backing from some solid funders inside of the state. National funding looked like it wasn’t going to happen due to the language of the initiative, but I have to assume that since the language was changed to add home cultivation, there could be some help coming from outside of Ohio.

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  1. I would like to know more about the application for a license homegrowers. What are requirements and exclusions? What questions will it ask? Etc…..

  2. Well, I am so disappointed to find out that a monopoly on growing is what this initiative has in mind. If this becomes legal in Ohio, any farmer or person wanting to farm, should be able to grow it (under some regulation of course). I have been a professional grower (8 acres of greenhouses in the foliage and vegetable industry) for 3 generations, and I am highly qualified (sorry for the pun!!) to grow most anything. If I choose to use my farm to grow marijuana I should be allowed to do this. If it is going to be monopolized by a select few (and I am not convinced that those few are not politically chosen) then I am not in favor of the passage of this law. If it is indeed shadowed similiar to the Colorado plan, it should be hugely successful…with many new businesses and growers, many new products… but if Ohio wants to give this to a select few people, then it is totally a plan for disaster….making a few very weathy people … and not allowing the normal folks to build their own businesses… just take from the masses and benefit the very few… no, I want no part in that business model. Hope others can see how unfair that will be!!

  3. This is a month after your post, but I heard on the radio today that they have enough signatures to put it on the ballot. Let’s just hope it’s not ONLY for medicinal purposes. This is less harmful than alcohol and cigarettes, you don’t smoke a pack of js a day.

    It sounded like they were talking like it would be THIS Nov. but I don’t know why we’d be having any kind of elections this year. This would be a great thing for OH! It’s going to be a given NATIONWIDE sooner rather than later anyways. Stop fighting it and let us have a friggin PLANT!! It’s more natural than the meds I need for various medical issues and certainly would be safer. This should be a no brainer. But then DeWINE is DeWINER and another politician that thinks HE rules the roost and screw what WE want. I met him once. That was one too many times. Strange dude.

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