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MMJ Ballot Issue OK'd for Signature Collection
Posted by CN Staff on May 23, 2013 at 18:06:04 PT
By  Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Columbus -- The Ohio Ballot Board today gave backers of a proposal seeing to legalize use of medical marijuana and growing hemp the go-ahead with a 5-0 vote to begin collecting signatures for a statewide campaign. OhioRights.org, the group backing the Ohio Cannabis Rights Act, must gather 385,253 valid signatures from registered voters in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties in order to qualify for the ballot as a constitutional amendment, most likely in the fall of 2014. The deadline is July 6 for submitting issues for the November ballot this year.
The proposal approved today is a re-written version of an amendment previously submitted and approved. However, it now includes legalizing growing and using hemp, a plant in the marijuana family cultivated in Canada but illegal to grow without federal permit in the U.S. If approved, the Ohio ballot issue would declassify hemp as a drug and allow it to be grown as a crop with oversight by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The proposal also would allow people 18 and over with a "debilitating medical condition" to "use, possess, acquire and produce" marijuana. It would set up the Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to regulate therapeutic uses. Bob Fitrakis, a Columbus lawyer, activist and frequent political candidate, has signed on as a backer of OhioRights.org. The only role of the ballot board, which is chaired by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, decided the proposal was one issue as opposed to multiple issues that should be divided. Attorney General Mike DeWine previously certified that the language of the issue is a "fair and truthful summary" of the proposal and that it had the minimum 1,000 signatures needed to move forward. DeWine did not take a position on the issue one way or the other. Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)Author: Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Published: Friday May 23, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: http://www.dispatch.com/URL: http://drugsense.org/url/1RiJO8MNCannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on May 24, 2013 at 06:50:01 PT
GOhio
This budís for you: Marijuana identified as a buffer against loneliness, study suggests.
By Misty Harris, Postmedia News May 23, 2013.
http://www.leaderpost.com/health/Marijuana+buffer+against+loneliness+study+suggests/8425401/story.html
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 24, 2013 at 04:19:55 PT
The GCW
Thank you. I hope it works. It is the amount of signatures needed that will make it hard.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on May 24, 2013 at 04:12:43 PT
Set Free American farmers free.
"...it now includes legalizing growing and using hemp, a plant in the marijuana family cultivated in Canada but illegal to grow without federal permit in the U.S."-0-One thing to add (among many others) that likely would help:Communist Chinese farmers are allowed to grow hemp but free American farmers are prohibited.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on May 24, 2013 at 04:06:34 PT
FoM,
Congratulations, I'm optimistic this will work in Ohio.
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