DeWine Supports Ballot Board Over Summary
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DeWine Supports Ballot Board Over Summary
Posted by CN Staff on September 09, 2015 at 05:42:28 PT
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Ohio -- Attorney General Mike DeWine defended the Ohio Ballot Board summary of a marijuana legalization proposal, saying it gave voters a “plain speak” description of a “supersized amendment.”DeWine’s filing with the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday said the board took ResponsibleOhio’s complicated and lengthy amendment and fairly condensed it to “a digestible, comprehensible format.” The overall amendment is so wordy, DeWine said, that it would increase the total length of the Ohio Constitution by more than 10 percent.
ResponsibleOhio, the group proposing legalizing marijuana for Ohioans age 21 or older, filed a lawsuit on Aug. 27 in the Ohio Supreme Court claiming wording on Issue 3 would “mislead, deceive or defraud voters.”Attorney Andy Douglas, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice who represents the marijuana group, complained about what he said is prejudicial language, deliberate omissions and outright falsehoods in the Ballot Board summary. He asked the court to order the language redone or to use a different summary done by DeWine’s office in March.In addition to DeWine’s 123-page legal response, attorneys representing businesses, hospitals, farmers and a pro-marijuana group filed “friend of the court” briefs.A major thrust of DeWine’s argument focused on the sheer volume of the for-profit marijuana proposal. He said that if ResponsibleOhio is successful in convincing the court to approve a longer summary for the Nov. 3 ballot, it would cost taxpayers dearly.An affidavit from J. Patrick McDonald, director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, said using a longer summary would require an additional ballot card, costing the board “approximately $200,000 in printing alone.”The Ballot Board summary, DeWine said, “does not adopt the favorable spin they (ResponsibleOhio) want to put on their proposal to encourage its passage. ... The Ballot Board has no obligation to incorporate the tactical choices and persuasive bent the proponents of an amendment advocate.”A filing by the National Federal of Independent Business Ohio, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and Ohioans to End Prohibition further battered arguments made by Responsible Ohio.The brief said the Ballot Board’s use of the word recreational in reference to individual use of marijuana was an “eminently reasonable and fair way to describe nonmedical use of marijuana.” That description is supported, the groups added, by ResponsibleOhio’s use of a costumed mascot, “Buddie,” on college campuses. Buddie has a large marijuana bud for a head and is dressed like a superhero.The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation said its members “particularly are concerned about the monopolizing effect of the proposal which limits the ability to produce a product to only one group of people and enshrines that right into the Ohio Constitution.”The issue must be decided quickly because the ballot has to be finalized and printed before Oct. 6, when Ohioans begin voting in person and by mail.Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)Author: Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Published: September 8, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Universer on September 11, 2015 at 22:43:28 PT
OT: Colorado gov tells Arizona it works
(From those squinty eyes and that goofy grin, methinks he's been funding a few schools himself recently.)COLORADO GOVERNOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER UPBEAT ON MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on September 10, 2015 at 17:41:53 PT
Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck RosenbergIS more dangerous than cannabis!
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Comment #4 posted by Had Enough on September 10, 2015 at 16:29:45 PT
New DEA Head Says Pot Is Dangerous
New DEA Head Says Pot “Is Dangerous,” Lacks Medical Use, Belongs on Schedule INewly-appointed acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Chuck Rosenberg, who took over the position following previous DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart’s resignation over a scandal in which subordinate DEA agents were caught participating in sex parties with prostitutes funded by Colombian drug cartels, recently clarified that he supports marijuana’s controversial classification alongside hardcore drugs like heroin as a Schedule I narcotic with no medical use.In an interview with Rosenberg, Fox News’ James Rosen asked, “Two of the last three presidents of the United States have acknowledged having used marijuana… Isn’t that itself – the fact that here we have two men who used marijuana, in varying degrees, and who then went on to become president of the United States – a kind of a prima facie argument that it is time to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act?”Rosenberg replied, “Yeah, I don’t think so.” He added, “Marijuana is dangerous. It certainly is not as dangerous as other Schedule I controlled substances; it’s not as dangerous as heroin, clearly, but it’s still dangerous. It’s not good for you. I wouldn’t want my children smoking it. I wouldn’t recommend that anyone do it. So I don’t frankly see a reason to remove it. We, by the way, support, and have supported, a lot of legitimate research on marijuana, fully behind that; I think it’s great. If we come up with a medical use for it, that would be wonderful. But we haven’t.”The rest of the story...
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on September 09, 2015 at 20:01:00 PT
I am from Ohio and we will vote for it. It isn't perfect but we do have fair decriminalization laws and have since the mid 70s. I don't like how the Republicans are trying to twist it and make it seem worse then it is. In the end big money always wins under a capitalistic society. Whoever builds a better mouse trap philosophy wins. I am just being realistic.
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Comment #2 posted by schmeff on September 09, 2015 at 10:26:47 PT
"Responsible" Ohio is an Oxymoron
Their ballot measure is a flawed prescription for legal cannabis. Their (self-serving) approach would appoint a cartel/monopoly to provide recreational cannabis to Ohioans, so that only a select group of political insiders would profit. Many of those insiders were formally employed persecuting (and prosecuting!) cannabis consumers.In a responsible Ohio, the people pushing this constitutional Ponzi scheme would be making restitution to their victims, not continuing their parasitical exploitation of the cannabis consumer.
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Comment #1 posted by bigjoshman on September 09, 2015 at 09:46:01 PT:
Prohibition strikes again
Ohio legislatures are trying to screw with the ballot. I wish responsible Ohio wasn't facing so much opposition I'm in Ohio and I'm all for it. They want a safer regulated cannabis industry and that's what this purple state needs 
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