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Will Ohio Legalize Recreational And Medical Marijuana In 2015?

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ohio marijuana medical marijuana legalizationThere are numerous states planning a 2016 marijuana legalization effort. There are also a few states targeting a 2015 effort via their State Legislatures. But there is one state that has it’s sights set on an initiative during the 2015 Election, and it’s not a state that most expected to see put forth such an effort. The State of Ohio is seeing marijuana activists organize for a 2015 effort, per Cleveland.Com:

A campaign to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana in Ohio is quietly taking shape and includes plans to place an amendment to the Ohio Constitution before voters in November 2015, the Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.

The campaign plans to push an amendment, that if approved by voters, would guarantee a ten or so property owners the right to grow marijuana, according to sources who spoke on the condition they not be named.

By embedding in the constitution where marijuana can be produced – and essentially who can profit from its production – organizers are using an approach similar to the one gambling interests used in their 2009 successful campaign to  allow casino-style gaming. That amendment, known on the ballot as Issue 3, limited gaming to just four locations in Ohio.

There are actually two separate campaigns pursuing reform. Ohio Rights Group is pursuing the medical marijuana effort, and Responsible Ohio is leading the recreational effort. Both efforts must gather nearly 400,000 valid signatures to put either issue before Ohio voters, which is no small task in such a short time frame. But, with that being said, I hope they both succeed.

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  1. You are allowed 2 plants per person and you have to buy those plants who will control the price from the cartel. This bill will do to pot what BIG PHARMA does to the cost of all pharmaceuticals. A different initiative would not be so restrictive.

  2. You sure won’t be able to afford to start an operation under this bill, but you would if we had people petitioning a Statewide referendum that promoted free-enterprise instead of a rich man’s cartel that plans to control production, distribution, prices and everything else. Cannabis grows all over Ohio already without any bit of sophistication. The greenhouses only facilitate year round production. Any woman can apply for a USDA grant or loan to build a greenhouse and start her own operation under another initiative that honored free enterprise instead of a monopoly. A friend has a daughter in law ho just received an $80K grant from USDA to build a greenhouse to grow herbs!

  3. This bill violates federal antitrust laws, corrupts the free enterprise system we are supposed to have and is backed by Sen. Hagan and former Sen. Hagan who own stock in it. Aren’t those politicians supposed to be protecting our freedoms instead of violating them? The people who are complaining a farmers who can afford to build green houses and women who can apply for USDA agricultural grants or loans to build a green house to start a business. The people who are complaining see that this is another cartel that will control prices just as the AMA and Big Pharma do and we believe State control of any enterprise meets the Planned Economy practices of a Communist Society like China not the USA!

  4. Hi Victoria, found ya… this is 6stringsblues from YouTube. We Chatted briefly on the live “is grass greener”. Anyway, I see you are in Iowa. Hope you get this and might want to chat more. I use gmail with the same name btw, if you might want to email back. Peace. Michael 56 yrs. old. Northern Illinois

  5. I have secured investors and have the cash to start; however, only allowing that few to grow and sell is unfair. Sure, I can dream but if you prevent me from pursuing a competitive business and then sell licenses before it is legalized then that is pure corruption from those whom can lobby and have political connections.
    We can all to agree to disagree on the issue of monopolies with issue 5. Colorado and, California seem to be doing well and I think our laws should be similar.

  6. I like how everyone thinks they can open up a cultivation company! Even if anyone is allowed, do you even have enough money to open up a marijuana cultivation farm? They are very expensive to start/open. The only people complaining about the 10 grow sites, are those that can’t even afford to benefit from the law allowing anyone to cultivate. Nothing but dreamers, ignore the dreamers and back the ones really making this happen.

  7. 10 monopolies will control the POT.. THATS NOT COOL, This is supposed to be a grass roots plan. For the people and START UP COMPANIES….IT”S NOT SUPPOSE TO MAKE THE RICH even RICHER. NO TO THE TEN MONOPOLIES !!!!

  8. Scott Defabbo on

    herion is also from a God given plant as is cocaine so why not just legalize it all with this reasoning

  9. Chrissy m Adams on

    Yayy I’m so glad we need it I have health problems I know it helps my back pain and my PA SD I LOVE SOMKING MARIJUANA IT HELPS ME TO RELAX AND MY ANGER IT HELPS EVERYTHING. THERE IS SOMEONE NIGH I CAN ‘T SLEEP.state of Ohio has been fighting for it

  10. Well Ohio pro weed supporters they needed 300,000 signatures and they received 695,000 signatures. So it is going toward. Yayyy
    How do I get started to open a shop and get my license to sell it anyone know.

  11. I’m for medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. It’s a lot harmless then alcohol. It’s also a lot less to and harmless to your body then pharmaceutical drugs.

  12. jerrod mckenzie on

    Get your facts straight!!!!!!! Responsible Ohio does allow for home growers. It proposes that you can grow four flowering plants at one time and can possess up to eight ounces of ready to consume marijuana that you have grown!!! If you grow four plants the correct way, that will keep the most avid smoker supplied!!!!!

  13. jerrod mckenzie on

    i am reading the comments made by all of these people who are upset by the fact that they can not grow and sell it themselves, or complaining that large corporations will be the ones making all of the money. I personally do not care who is making all of the money as long as I can purchase and smoke marijuana without the fear of being arrested. I have been prescribed a laundry list of psych meds over the years and have found the side effects out weigh the positive results. The ones that do work I can not take because they make me so sick I can barely function. If there are problems with the law after it is passed then adjustments can be made, but please, let’s just get it passed first. If you don’t know how to sign the petition, just google RESPONSIBLE OHIO and follow the link. once there you can click on sign the petition and you will be given a list of locations and dates for you to sign.

  14. I’m all for this bill. I’m not a fan of the 10 monopolies it creates or that it doesn’t allow home grow. Laws can be changed for the better and they will be in this case. The biggest step is getting over the hump of legalization. Once we do that, the hard part is over, then we can focus on the details. If a better bill is introduced this election then I WILL vote for it. No state has the perfect forum of legalization yet and to demand ohio does it perfectly the first try is unrealistic. If this is our only choice then go with it. If you want to home grow, chances are you’d do it regardless of the law anyhow. It’s nonsense to lose sight of the big picture here, because of details that can be changed, and that’s legalization and equalization.

  15. ANY bill that takes that first step toward legalization is worth support. Amendments and laws can be changed for the better. If there are two bills on the ballot, then by all means choose the better bill. This movement could be killed by 2016 if Jeb bush takes office, then legalization starts all over again. Fighting over minor details can be done after you gain all the momentum you can. If you wanna grow do it anyway, you most likely would’ve regardless. Think people, the more momentum you gain the harder you are to stop. Don’t let this die fighting over adjustments that can be made next election!

  16. DO NOT, I REPAT DO NOT ALLOW Responsible Ohio PROPOSAL TO PASS THEY WILL CONTROL ALL MARIJUANA IN OHIO, ITS ONLY A SMALL GROUP OF 10 PEOPLE WITH MONEY WHO WANTS TO BE ABLE TO SELL AND GROW AND NO ONE ELSE, JUST THEM WTF!!!! DONT DO IT EVERY ONE ESLE WILL BE LEFT OUT FOR LIFE, THIS IS HOW THE WEALTHY CONTROL EVERYTHING AND LEAVE NO ROOM FOR ANYONE TO BECOME A BUSINESS IN THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY, COME PEOPLE READ THE PROPOSAL THEY ARE ASKING US TO VOTE ON, ITS EFFING RIDICULOUS ONLY 10 GROUPS ALLOWED TO SELL AND GROW HOW CAN ONE NOT SEE THIS AS DICTATORSHIP!!!! I AM ALL FOR VOTING AND PASSING THIS LAW BUT NOT FOR ONLY A FEW INDIVUALS NO NO FOR ANYONE IN THE WHOLE STATE MAKE IT A FAIR PLAYING GROUND

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/12/18/Marijuana_ballot_issue_possible_in_2015.html

    COLUMBUS DISPATCH QUOTE,Columbus attorney Jon Allison

    Jon Allison, a Columbus attorney who represents the Drug Free Action Alliance, offered his

    personal opinion on the issue.

    “If you put that creators of the Sopranos and

    Breaking Bad in the same room they couldn’t come up with a plot this far fetched. Perhaps

    the details will help clarify things but right now it sounds like 10 wannabe drug lords are going

    to ask Ohio voters to constitutionally protect their cartels and turf,”END QOUTE

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2015/01/01.16.2015-marijuana-investor.html

    ResponsibleOhio is pitching a ballot issue in which 10 investors would be

    allowed to grow and profit from the wholesale marketing of marijuana for personal use in Ohio….

    Critics call the plan “cannabis capitalism” and charge that it is focused entirely on

    profit by a monopoly controlled by wealthy investors.

  17. Who agrees that the Government has a right to “refuse/deny” a US citizen the right to posses a “plant”? This is the 1 question I cannot get past. What gives a government the right to supersede the “majority” of its citizens. Every single piece of US currency “ever” produced in this country says “In God We Trust”. A god given plant, the US government sounds quite hypocritical to me.
    I am not saying they don’t have a right to regulate it, but all these votes, discussions etc… honestly should not even exist.
    If “We the people” tell our “Public Representatives” we do not want our citizens arrested and jailed because of a “plant”… that should be end of point. Put people in office that understand that… poof done!

  18. donaven rhoden on

    Amber you need to do some more research if it becomes legal you can grow sell and start a business so go do some research

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