Should Ohio's Medical Marijuana Laws Be Changed?

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  Should Ohio's Medical Marijuana Laws Be Changed?

Posted by CN Staff on April 25, 2010 at 15:49:11 PT
By Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau 
Source: Springfield News Sun 

Columbus -- Over the years, enthusiasm for the annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash in the heart of the University of Michigan’s campus has waxed and waned.But earlier this month, roughly 5,000 people turned out, thanks to nice weather, the appearance of comedians Cheech and Chong and, say organizers, a new law legalizing the medical use of marijuana.
The year-old Michigan law serves as a model for what two Democratic legislators want to have passed in Ohio. The Michigan law allows adults, or their caregivers, to grow and use marijuana if their doctor certifies that they have a debilitating condition or chronic pain. The law does not allow them to buy or sell seeds and plants.So far, the department has issued 17,559 registration cards and denied 3,596 applications, mostly due to incomplete information. The department receives 1,000 applications a week.“We just started getting a huge influx of applications in the last few months,” said James McCurtis, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Community Health. “More and more people are seeing it as a way to feel better with their illnesses.”Democrats Bob Hagan of Youngstown and Kenny Yuko of Richmond Heights say support for their bill is dragging. “We can’t overcome the old Cheech and Chong and George Carlin image,” Yuko said. “If we had $1 for each joke we’ve heard about seeking ‘joint’ sponsors (for the bill), Rep. Hagan and I could retire.”An Ohio Poll released by the University of Cincinnati in May 2009 showed 73 percent of Ohioans favor allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. And a national poll released Tuesday, April 20, by the Associated Press and CNBC said 60 percent of adult Americans favor legalizing medical marijuana and 74 percent believe it has medical benefits for some people. However, only a third of Americans favor legalizing marijuana — for medical or recreational use, the poll found.Source: Springfield News Sun (OH)Author: Laura A. Bischoff, Columbus Bureau Published: Sunday, April 25, 2010 Copyright: 2010 Cox Newspapers, Inc.Contact: newssuneditor coxohio.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #5 posted by dongenero on April 26, 2010 at 07:45:58 PT
misleading quote from poll 
"However, only a third of Americans favor legalizing marijuana — for medical or recreational use, the poll found."According to the poll only 33% are for completely unrestricted legalization. However, according to the same poll, 44% believe it should have the same restrictions as alcohol, while another 12% believe it should have less restrictions than alcohol.That's 56% for legalization and regulation similar to alcohol. numbers aren't as attractive to prohibitionists 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on April 26, 2010 at 06:55:00 PT
That Boehner fellow is someone I really don't listen to. We have Sherrod Brown and Dennis Kucinich though. We did turn blue and elected Obama which made me very happy. We have lived in Ohio since 73 but we are from eastern Pa. I would like it if Brown ran for Governor. I am not fond of our current Governor. He was for Clinton and that says middle of the road to me. I am not a middle of the road type person. What I love about where we live is the country and that's about all.
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Comment #3 posted by Cheebs1 on April 26, 2010 at 06:42:31 PT:
Me Too
Just like you, FOM, I would be ecstatic if they had MMJ in Ohio. I don't think we will even get the chance to vote on it. This state is a republican stronghold. With the manufacturer of all Diebold ATMs, electronic voting machines, and Boehner the repubs have their money makers here and don't want to quit. The will of the people , to these corporate fascist entites, is the will of the people with the most money. A true shame.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on April 26, 2010 at 04:44:48 PT
Just a Comment
I would be very happy if Ohio allowed medical marijuana. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 26, 2010 at 04:33:20 PT

More Sad News: Dennis Peron
Marijuana Guru Dennis Peron Suffers Stroke***By Joe Eskenazi
 April 26, 2010
​With the marijuana movement sparking these days, one of its seminal figures was just nearly snuffed out. Dennis Peron -- a longtime pot activist and the co-author of the 1996 medical marijuana ballot initiative, Prop. 215 -- on Sunday confirmed he'd suffered a stroke."That's why I didn't give a speech at the hemp expo" at the Cow Palace, Peron told SF Weekly. He noted that he suffered the stroke about a month ago and underwent an operation yesterday to "unclog my artery.""Total success, total success," the 65-year-old continued. "I have so much more energy. I'm on the mend. Don't count me out."Peron added that he's now quit smoking cigarettes. Well, not every cigarette."I have to go easy on the pot," he notes. But when asked if he could still consume marijuana brownies he immediately answered "Yeah, yeah. I'm enjoying life."URL:
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