New Toledo Marijuana Ordinance in Question
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New Toledo Marijuana Ordinance in Question
Posted by CN Staff on October 11, 2015 at 05:45:08 PT
By Ryan Dunn, Blade Staff Writer
Source: Toledo Blade
Ohio -- If voters across Ohio next month approve a proposal to ease criminal sanctions on marijuana, the law’s changes would fall short of a recently enacted and legally challenged Toledo ordinance.The amendment to the Ohio Constitution would allow a resident of at least 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use and grow up to 8 ounces of the drug if licensed by the state. Retail sale of recreational marijuana also would begin.
On Sept. 15, Toledo voters supported reducing penalties in the Toledo Municipal Code to no fines or jail time for marijuana-related offenses. The law went into effect a week ago.A significant difference between an enacted State Issue 3 and Toledo’s Issue 1, also known as the “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance,” is the extent of its legal impact, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.Issue 3 carries some restrictions, such as prohibiting marijuana establishments from locating within 1,000 feet of a church, public library, or school. It also does not change state law forbidding trafficking and possession of large amounts of marijuana.Mr. Tierney said a recent State Highway Patrol seizure, for example, of 226 pounds of marijuana from the Ohio Turnpike in Lucas County would carry the same penalty.“That would still be illegal if Issue 3 passed and went into effect,” Mr. Tierney said.During a news conference last week in which Mr. DeWine announced his lawsuit challenging the Toledo ordinance, the attorney general was asked about Issue 3. He said he was reluctant to compare the two and that he filed suit because he believes Issue 1 is unconstitutional.“Whether State Issue 3 was on the ballot this fall or it wasn’t, we would still be here. It really doesn’t have anything to do with what has happened,” Mr. DeWine said.Mr. DeWine said several portions of Toledo’s ordinance contradict state felony law. The city ordinance aimed to impose a “gag rule” stopping city police and the law director from providing information regarding marijuana or hashish crimes to another authority besides the law director. This would limit prosecution to a misdemeanor case in Toledo Municipal Court under a voter-approved law that removes incarceration, fines, or probation from a potential sentence.Mr. DeWine’s lawsuit was assigned to Judge Dean Mandros in Lucas County Common Pleas Court.Toledo Law Director Adam Loukx said any change to Ohio law, such as the potential implementation of Issue 3, would affect Toledo as well.“It would apply here as much as in Gallipolis,” Mr. Loukx said.Mr. Loukx said if Issue 3 is implemented, he does not expect a large impact on his office. A small portion of Toledo Municipal Court cases are marijuana charges.A Toledo police officer may also still cite under state law a resident carrying marijuana while the Issue 1 suit is pending, he said.Source: Toledo Blade, The (OH) Author: Ryan Dunn, Blade Staff WriterPublished: October 11, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Blade Contact: letters Website: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 13, 2015 at 11:04:32 PT
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Isn't it interesting how fast the media scrubs any mention of Black Lives Matter or racial justice from these drug policy stories.After all, the vast majority of people jailed for "drugs" are black or Latino. They can dither all day about the various restrictions, how close it is to schools, etc.In reality these laws are more of a racial round-up. Look how fast Black Lives Matter has been tanked by the media. They gave it some play for a few months, now it's gone from the corporate media. Here in my state the cops have already killed a few more people in the last month.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 11, 2015 at 21:36:30 PT
HEMP car news
Car made of hemp makes Denver stopPrototype fashioned from hemp, runs on biofuel"""The car drew remarkably little attention in a city of legalized marijuana.No crowd surrounded it. Passersby didn't pause to look it over. Probably that's because it looks just like a Mazda Miata convertible — except for the side panel poster of George Washington smoking a joint.CONT inc. PHOTO
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