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Ohio Legalizes Medical Marijuana!

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Ohio Legalizes Medical Marijuana!

One year after failing to legalize cannabis, Ohio will now settle for becoming the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana.

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved medical marijuana by a margin of only three votes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The House would later approve the bill, which is now headed to Gov. John Kasich’s desk.

Under the bill, patients with any of two dozen medical conditions would be able to use medical cannabis with a physician’s recommendation. The bill emphasizes non-smokeable medication as patients won’t be allowed to smoke marijuana, although vaping would be permitted.

“This bill is not perfect, folks, but it’s what Ohio patients need,” said Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko. “If we can give one veteran comfort, if we can ease one patient’s horrible pain, if we can prevent one heroin overdose or save one child’s life — this bill will be worth it.”

Indeed, the bill is not perfect, as patients will not be allowed to grow and cultivate their own medicine. Moreover, patients can still be fired for violating a drug-free workplace policy, making them ineligible for unemployment benefits.

The law’s imperfections are why the campaign Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has continued to collect the signatures needed to make the November ballot. Their proposal allows smoking in private and growing plants for personal use, while also including more qualifying medical conditions such as nausea and autism.

“Our Constitutional amendment builds on the legislature’s work by incorporating national best practices and offers voters an opportunity to enact a law free of the horse-trading inherent in the legislative process,” said campaign spokesman Aaron Marshall to the Plain Dealer.

Gov. Kasich will have ten days to sign the bill into law. Once signed, the law will take effect likely around September, although lawmakers predict the program will be fully up and running within two years.

Does the Ohio law go far enough, or would you vote for home grows in November?

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Shadar

    May 28, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Now I see (Saturday morning, May 28, that the Ohio MMJ initiative has stopped gathering signatures. So you are left with a really crappy MMJ bill crafted by a bunch of legislators who wanted to give you the least they possible could and still keep control.

    You guys in Ohio are getting owned by the establishment. First the monopoly/greed issue that put stoners in sync with prohibitionists to vote against legalization. I still think the best advice at that time was to legalize and sort out the greed problem later. But no, you took the moral high ground and screwed yourselves.

    Now the legislature passed a crummy MMJ bill and that takes all the wind out of your sails. The initiative effort collapses. Now you have NO initiative for the huge 2016 election. NONE. You guys are getting owned by the establishment, and you don’t even realize you are playing right into their hands.

    Watch out, because the concept of legalizing ala CO, AK, WA and OR, might pass you completely by, and turn into a pile of half-chewed bones that the establishment gives you. Big Pharma will own your weed before you break out to freedom, and collapse that too. Instead of flowers and concentrates and oils and edibles that you can do whatever you want with, for any reason, including no reason, you wind up with weed as a last resort medicine when all else fails.

    Instead, it should be for wellness and healthiness and happiness and prevention, however you define or live that, and not just something you are allowed to have in limited form when you are otherwise fucked.

    As we used to say in the 60’s… you are getting owned by the Man.

  2. Josh W

    May 27, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I’m still angry over the first go at that so called monopoly . It’s all about greed . You know we wouldn’t be here settling for this restrictive proposal if the people in our state would have gotten off their high horses and voted yes on issue 3 . But now look wow no home growing, no recreational use , and no shops open for business . Look if it’s going to take a prescription to obtain the most harmless and helpful plant on the earth then we are still losing out to establishment politics .

  3. Jason

    May 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Geez Lawrence gonna need to smoke weed after that fuckin downer of a comment section . ohio is special full of ohio republicans and ohio democrats which is also a swing state and recently full of migrants from who fucking knows where. If you want to spew hot air then get out there and volunteer your time to get the mmj petition on the ballot in November. Otherwise fuck off. If people cared enough they would join a club or read Wikipedia.

    • Lawrence Goodwin

      May 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Thx for reading, Jason. For 16 years I’ve been getting “out there” pushing officials here in New York to halt this anti-cannabis madness. We New Yorkers do not have the benefit of public referenda or ballot initiatives, being entirely dependent on one of the most corrupt state legislatures in the nation. You fuck off.

  4. lyddipeace

    May 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Home grows in November! Let’s get it right this time O HI O !!! Last time a greedy group tried to bamboozle Ohio and twist the order of things… #medicalcannabis1st

  5. Lawrence Goodwin

    May 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    This proposed Ohio law is a fraud. Every passing day that federal “marihuana” prohibition is not completely abolished is a national disgrace. Ohio politicians are clearly doing their part to delay a restoration of America’s giant cannabis economy, rooted in medical cannabis and industrial hemp in all 50 states. Doctors once commonly prescribed extracts of seedless female flowers to treat a wide variety of medical problems. Now they cooperate with career politicians to enact exceedingly restrictive policies modeled on New York’s and Minnesota’s virtually identical 2014 laws. NY and MN were the first two states to explicitly ban public sales of dried cannabis flowers—called “marihuana” in federal and state laws since 1937 (79 years). That means neither in New York nor Minnesota, nor in Ohio if this bill passes, can officials say with any level of truth that they have legal “medical marijuana” programs. Such programs equal nothing more than Anti Marihuana Tyranny Lite. They are just more nails in our republic’s coffin, which will be hammered shut very soon due to a woeful lack of citizen participation in this long fight against cannabis hatred.

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