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Ohio: Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Team Formed

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Ballot issues vet Brandon Lynaugh — who helped lead the campaign against the Responsible Ohio initiative last year — will serve as campaign manager for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana on Monday announced it has formed a campaign team to support its initiative to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio.

Brandon Lynaugh, a veteran of more than a dozen statewide ballot issue campaigns, will serve as campaign manager. Lynaugh most recently served as campaign manager for No On 3, which led the effort to defeat the Responsible Ohio initiative last year.

“We’re excited to have Brandon at the helm of our Ohio campaign,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which is supporting Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. “His extensive experience with ballot issues and his history of standing up for Ohioans make him the right person to lead our team. He is committed to establishing a sensible, fair, and compassionate medical marijuana program that will benefit countless seriously ill Ohio residents.”

Lynaugh’s support for establishing legal access to medical marijuana stems from his experience with a close family member who suffers from epilepsy.

Ohio: Guy Calls Cops To Complain He's Too High On Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

File this one under "I'll have some of what he had, but without the stupidity, please."

Police said a 22-year-old Ohio man last week called 9-1-1 from amidst a pile of munchies to report he was "too high" on marijuana, reports Kaily Cunningham at Fox 8 Cleveland.

When officers arrived, they were directed to an upstairs bedroom by the caller's granddad. As they went up the stairs, they could hear "groaning from the room at the end of the hall."

When the opened the door, they found the 22-year-old laying in a fetal position amidst "a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies," according to the police report.

The stoned suspect reported that he "couldn't feel his hands."

Inside his car, cops found a glass pipe with cannabis residue, two packs of rolling papers, two marijuana roaches and a glass jar filled with cannabis.

The man refused medical attention; his name hasn't bee released. He faces marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia charges.

Photo: Twitter/Dumb Stoner

Ohio: 3 Cleveland City Council Members Endorse ResponsibleOhio Legalization Plan

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A trio of Cleveland City Council members, along with civil rights leader George Forbes, on Friday endorsed ResponsibleOhio, sponsors of Issue 3, an amendment to legalize marijuana on the November ballot which would legalize marijuana.

Forbes and council members Ken Johnson, Jeff Johnson and Mamie Mitchell said they want to help reshape the criminal justice system under which racial disparities exist between arrest rates of blacks who use marijuana compared to whites, reports Mark Naymik at the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

"We should take (marijuana) out of the darkness and begin to regulate it," said Jeff Johnson at a news conference organized by ResponsibleOhio. "It will relieve a pathway to prison that too many of our young African Americans have gone to."

The council members said police resources should be used to fight against more powerful drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.

Cleveland activist Basheer Jones and Cleveland Rev. Jeff Jemison also joined the politicians. Jemison said he'd been trying to sell his colleagues on a related issue known as the Fresh Start Act that would allow Ohioans convicted of pot offenses since legalized by ResponsibleOhio's constitutional amendment to have those records expunged or destroyed.

Ohio: Campaign To Legalize, Monopolize Marijuana Aims For 2015 Ballot

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Ohio residents could get the chance next year to vote on a marijuana ballot issue unlike any other in the United States, involving 10 wealthy individuals who would invest to obtain the right to grow and sell marijuana wholesale for personal use by adults 21 or older.

A group calling itself ResponsibleOhio said it aims to "end marijuana prohibition" and "pursue a ballot initiative in 2015 to give voters the opportunity to let adults 21 and older use marijuana for medical and personal use," reports Alan Johnson at The Columbus Dispatch.

“Marijuana for medical and personal use should be a choice made by adults 21 and older in this state. We are going to end this failed prohibition,” said Lydia Bolander, spokeswoman for the campaign.

“Legalizing marijuana for medical and personal use means increased safety because we will regulate, tax and treat marijuana like alcohol,” Bolander said. “We will smother the black market and use the taxes generated to help local communities provide vital public services.

“We need to be compassionate and ensure patients receive the treatment they rightfully deserve. We will create jobs in the agricultural, wholesale and retail marketplace, and we will drive research at our universities and hospitals,” Bolander said.

Under the plan, cannabis would be taxed, with the proceed distributed to government, according to the group. The exact method of distribution isn't detailed.

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