Billionaire Set To Propose Med-Pot Vote in Ohio
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Billionaire Set To Propose Med-Pot Vote in Ohio
Posted by CN Staff on May 03, 2011 at 06:46:43 PT
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch 
Source: Columbus Dispatch 
Ohio -- Billionaire Peter Lewis is sending up smoke signals about a proposal for an Ohio ballot issue to legalize medical use of marijuana.Lewis, a Clevelander who is chairman of Progressive Insurance, the nation's third-largest insurer, has given millions over the years to marijuana-related causes. Now, he wants to bring the issue to his home state.
Through his attorney, Lewis put out a request for proposals to pass an Ohio issue that will "create a model for future campaigns in other states."Following California in 1996, 14 other states have passed ballot issues legalizing marijuana for medically qualified patients, most through ballot issues.The request says Ohio "stands out as having particularly high levels of voter support. This provides an opportunity to enact a new law that will directly help patients and to do so in a manner that will serve as a model for other states."Lewis is seeking a proposal to include drafting ballot language, qualifying for the ballot, building an organization, communicating with voters and raising money.Lewis was one of a trio of wealthy backers of an unsuccessful 2002 ballot issue substituting treatment for incarceration for most non-violent drug offenders.In addition, he has given about $1.5 million to state and federal political candidates and parties, mostly Democrats, in the past decade.Lewis was arrested in 2000 for possession of marijuana and hashish at an airport in New Zealand, but charges were dropped when he made a generous donation to a drug-rehab center.Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)Author: Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 03, 2011 at 07:35:37 PT
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World as We Know It and I FEEL FINE!!!!URL:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 03, 2011 at 07:23:23 PT
One way or the other 2012 will be a year we won't forget!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on May 03, 2011 at 06:59:27 PT
How funny is that? [2012]
Cannabis legalization comes the same year as the end of the world.I wonder if the Mayans smoked the herb?I know the Egyptians did!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 03, 2011 at 06:48:04 PT
This coming year could be a wonderful year. Thank you so much Mr. Lewis.
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