Medical Marijuana for Ohio?
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Medical Marijuana for Ohio?
Posted by CN Staff on May 21, 2011 at 07:44:29 PT
Source: Plain Dealer
Ohio -- If Cleveland-area insurance tycoon Peter B. Lewis has his way, Ohio voters in November of next year will get a chance to legalize marijuana for medical use. The chairman of Progressive Corp. has put out a request for proposals from political operatives to craft a ballot proposal, shepherd it on to the ballot and lead the campaign to pass it. Lewis has not indicated how much he is willing to spend on such a campaign, but the billionaire has long been committed to changing U.S. drug laws and has spent an estimated $40 million to $60 million of his own money over the last three decades in support of various legal and electoral efforts to do just that.
In 2002, Lewis helped bankroll a campaign to amend the Ohio Constitution and steer nonviolent drug offenders into treatment. Aggressively opposed by a bipartisan coalition, the amendment was decisively defeated. But beginning with California in 1996, voters or legislators in 16 states have approved proposals to legalize marijuana use by individuals with a physician's authorization. In an April 2009 Ohio Poll, 73 percent of those responding supported adult access to medical marijuana. But while Lewis and his advisers contemplate another Ohio effort, the medical marijuana movement suddenly faces unexpected opposition from the Obama administration. Two years ago, the Justice Department advised U.S. attorneys and law enforcement agencies not to waste limited resources pursuing cases against individuals in compliance with state medical marijuana laws. That stance was hailed in many quarters -- including on this editorial page -- as a victory for common sense. Then this spring, federal prosecutors from Maine to Washington began sending letters to state officials, warning that anyone involved in supplying marijuana to authorized patients could be subject to prosecution. That led Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire to veto a bill to establish licensed marijuana dispensaries, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to delay the implementation of his state's new medical marijuana statute.  Snipped  Complete Article: Plain Dealer, The (Cleveland, OH)Published: May 21, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Plain Dealer Contact: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on May 22, 2011 at 11:24:16 PT
I agree with Willie about "endorsing". Can't we just say we agree with someone for one thing and leave it at that? No candidate should think they can just throw us one bone and we'll love them forever.  Personally I retain the right to "un-endorse" anyone whenever I please!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 21, 2011 at 13:31:02 PT
I'm Glad Willie Nelson Reconsidered
Why Willie Nelson Backtracked His Endorsement of Pot Advocate/Prez Candidate Gary JohnsonMay 20, 2011URL:
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