Supporters for medical marijuana had setup polls at Wednesday’s voting places in Columbus to ask citizens how they felt about getting the issue on the November ballot. They need around 385,000 signatures and proponents like Mary Jane Borden from Ohio Rights Group describe it as a sure thing.
She believes that it will get on the ballot in 2014 but, if not, it will happen in 2015 or 2016 and considering the movement seems to be gaining momentum, she could very well be right.
Gary Wenk is not just a professor at Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, he a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics at OSU and is described as being “a leading authority on effects of drugs on brain function.”
Professor Wenk had been part of a study in 2008 showing that marijuana can reduce memory impairment and he said he believes voters under the age of 25 are ready for it to be added. Continuing, he said, “They’re already sold on this is a product that is perfectly safe, far safer than alcohol in their mind and far safer than tobacco in their mind.”
Borden explained the Ohio Cannibis Right Amendment as, “Voters will be asked to approve an amendment to the Ohio constitution that will permit the medical therapeutic and industrial uses of the cannabis plant. It would also permit the formation of an Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control to regulate the industry." [see proposed amendment – full text]
She went on to say the commission would be non-partisan and they would be directing the regulation and taxing of it within Ohio. The newly created commission would consist of nine members including two who would be candidates for the therapeutic use, two farmers, one doctor, one mental health professional, one representative from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, one law enforcement official and a member from the Civil Rights Commission.
This amendment would also allow Ohio farmers to produce and sell hemp for uses such as fuel, foods, paper and clothing and this is another argument proponents have used for its being put on the ballot this year. Jobs. Not just farming and manufacturing jobs, that are very much needed in Ohio in this economic environment being seen today, but for sales and businesses as well.
It was as early as 1994 when Dale Gieringer, Ph.D, did potential revenues from the legalizing of marijuana. He is coordinator of California’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and co-founder of the California Drug Policy Reform Coalition and his work is very much trusted.
Allowing for differences according to today’s dollar value, what Gieringer found in 1994 were figures ranging from $8 - $16 billion per year for the whole of the United States and these numbers are no laughing matter.
For help: for those who live in Lima, Ohio (and Northwest Ohio) the Ohio Buckeye chapter can be reached at: 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202 Independence, Ohio 44131 or at toll free phone number 1-800-344-4867.
They have three office locations with NW Ohio’s being in Maumee at 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH. They are located approximately an hour and a half from Lima, Ohio and 45 minutes from Findlay, Ohio. For directions please click here at Google Maps
Sources: Research News.OSU.EDU; 10TV, Jim Heath; New Scientist, Roxanne Khamsi; NORML.org, Dale Gieringer P.h. D.