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{{tnr}}An '''Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative''' may appear on the [[Ohio 2012 ballot measures|2012 ballot]] in the state of [[Ohio]] as a [[Ballot initiative|citizens' initiative]].   
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{{nooh2013}}{{tnr}}An '''Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative''' did not appear on the [[Ohio 2013 ballot measures|November 2013 ballot]] in the state of [[Ohio]] as an {{icafull}}. The measure would have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state.   
  
The measure would legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state.  It will be introduced by [[Peter Lewis]], chairman of [http://www.progressive.com/about-progressive-insurance.aspx Progressive Insurance.] The measure has not been filed yet with the [[Ohio Attorney General]]'s office as of [[BC2011#May|mid-May]], as Lewis is seeking potential proposals, and will run the campaign for the selected proposal.<ref> [http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/05/progressive_chairman_peter_b_l.html ''Cleveland Plain-Dealer'', "Progressive Chairman Peter B. Lewis aims to put medical marijuana issue on 2012 ballot", May 2, 2011]</ref>
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==Background==
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There were rumors that [[Peter Lewis]], chairman of [http://www.progressive.com/about-progressive-insurance.aspx Progressive Insurance,] would introduce a measure, but none were filed with the [[Ohio Attorney General]]'s office.<ref> [http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/05/progressive_chairman_peter_b_l.html ''Cleveland Plain-Dealer'', "Progressive Chairman Peter B. Lewis aims to put medical marijuana issue on 2012 ballot," May 2, 2011]</ref>  
  
According to an e-mail from Lewis's attorney, proposals that he is looking for would “describe a clear plan to meet two goals: pass a voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio and design, execute and document the campaign in order to create a model for future campaigns in other states.”<ref> [http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2011/05/04/progressive-chairman-looks-to-legalize-medical-mar?t=regulation-legislation ''Property Casualty'', "Progressive Chairman Looks To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Ohio", May 4, 2011]</ref>
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According to an e-mail from Lewis's attorney, proposals that he was looking for would “describe a clear plan to meet two goals: pass a voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio and design, execute and document the campaign in order to create a model for future campaigns in other states.”<ref> [http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2011/05/04/progressive-chairman-looks-to-legalize-medical-mar?t=regulation-legislation ''Property Casualty'', "Progressive Chairman Looks To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Ohio," May 4, 2011]</ref> As of September 2011, Lewis was not known to be involved with either of the current initiatives.<ref name=citybeat>[http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-24095-political_battle_may.html ''CityBeat Cincinnati.'' "Political Battle May Be Buzz Kill." September 21, 2011]</ref>
===Second initiative===
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A separate ballot initiative is underway in the state, backed by what organizers say is a "core group of patients" advocating for the use of medical marijuana. The proposal is known as '''The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012'''.<ref> [http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/07/14/second-group-seeks-a-vote-on-medical-marijuana.html?sid=101 ''Columbus Dispatch'', "Second group seeks a vote on medical marijuana", July 14, 2011]</ref>
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===Ohio Medical Cannabis Act===
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One ballot initiative in the state was backed by what organizers said was a "core group of patients" advocating for the use of medical marijuana. The 2012 proposal was known as [http://www.omca2012.org/'''The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012'''].
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Under the act, a regulatory system modeled after the Ohio State Liquor Control system would have been established. An Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control would have also been implemented. A doctor's prescription would have been needed to buy the drug, and it would have been taxed.<ref>[http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2011/07/14/second-group-seeks-a-vote-on-medical-marijuana.html?sid=101 ''Columbus Dispatch'', "Second group seeks a vote on medical marijuana," July 14, 2011]</ref>
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===Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment===
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Another, more restrictive amendment, was known as the [http://www.ohiommjballot.org/ '''Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment'''.] It would have left enforcement up to local jurisdictions.<ref name=citybeat />
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==Support==
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===Supporters===
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* [http://www.ohiommjballot.org/ Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment Committee]
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* [http://www.omca2012.org/ Ohio Medical Cannabis Association]
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===Arguments===
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* According to state resident Cynthia Wynia, marijuana has helped her with her medical issues in the past, stating, "I couldn't sleep. I couldn't stand. I couldn't sit. There's no position you can place yourself in where you're comfortable...A friend of mine offered me some marijuana...It took me a while to realize it. I was getting up and down. I was going up stairs. I was moving around -- dancing.  It didn't hurt.  I said 'I do not hurt'."<ref name=supporting> [http://woub.org/2012/04/23/medical-marijuana-measure-possible-november-ballot ''WOBU.com'', "Medical Marijuana Measure Possible On November Ballot," April 23, 2012]</ref>
  
Under the act, if approved, a regulatory system modeled after the Ohio State Liquor Control system would be established. An Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control would also be implemented. Doctor's prescription would be needed to buy the drug, and it would be taxed.
 
 
==Opposition==
 
==Opposition==
 
===Opponents===
 
===Opponents===
* Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer claimed that the measure "would make too much marijuana available to kids in the community." He also stated a concern with driving under the influence of the drug.<ref name=sides> [http://www.necn.com/07/31/11/Ohio-medical-marijuana-ballot-issue-take/landing_health.html?&apID=26201898ec7e4491a95cd76668f8e86c ''NECN.com'', "Ohio medical marijuana ballot issue takes 1st step", July 31, 2011]</ref>
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* Drug Free Action Alliance
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* Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America
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* Alcohol and Drug Prevention Association of Ohio<ref name="Feb27News">[http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news%20local/2013/02/27/opponents-voice-concern-about-medical-marijuana-ballot-issues-in-ohio ''Hudson Hub-Times'', "Opponents voice concern about medical marijuana ballot issues in Ohio," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref>
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===Arguments===
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* Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer claimed that the measure "would make too much marijuana available to kids in the community." He also stated a concern with driving under the influence of the drug.<ref name=sides> [http://www.necn.com/07/31/11/Ohio-medical-marijuana-ballot-issue-take/landing_health.html?&apID=26201898ec7e4491a95cd76668f8e86c ''NECN.com'', "Ohio medical marijuana ballot issue takes 1st step," July 31, 2011]</ref>
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* Marcie Seidel, executive director of Drug-Free Action Alliance, stated, "It's an ever-changing drug, and it's not really a benign drug.  It's a drug that we need to look at very carefully that causes a lot of harm to our society. I don't know of any other drug in our repertoire of medications where you take it and you know only what it might do, but you have no idea what the side effects are."<ref name=supporting/> Seidel also argues that the initiative supporters' real goal is the full legalization of the drug and that medical marijuana measures are only a "charade."<ref name="Feb27News"/>
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* Sue Thau, of the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America, claimed that using hurts future employment opportunities. She said, "[We want] Ohioans to be smarter and more competitive, not stupider and less competitive. I don't think Ohio can afford to have more and more and more kids that really are not going to show up for work, not be employable, not be able to graduate from college."<ref name="Feb27News"/>
  
 
==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
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:: ''See also: [[Ohio signature requirements]]''
  
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Since the measures were filed as an {{icafull}}, the petition drive efforts needed to collect 385,247 signatures in order to have placed the referendum on the ballot. An initial 1,000 signatures and approval by the [[Ohio Attorney General]] were required prior to initiating petition circulation efforts.
  
Since the measure was filed as an {{icafull}}, the petition drive effort will need to collect 385,247 signatures by the [[BC2011#September|September 29, 2011 deadline]] to place the referendum on the ballot.
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===2012 attempt===
  
===Initial rejection===
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====Rejections====
  
The measure was rejected by the [[Ohio Attorney General]], as [[Mike DeWine]] stated that the measure's supporters did not collect the required amount of '''initial''' signatures to be approved for circulation. 1,000 signatures are needed for that approval, however only 534 signatures were valid.<ref> [http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5961447ac83f4218b6b9ef5a5d6c5fb1/OH--Medical-Marijuana-Ohio/ ''The Republic'', "Initial Ohio medical marijuana petitions rejected, official says not enough valid signatures", August 3, 2011]</ref>
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The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment was initially rejected by the [[Ohio Attorney General]], as [[Mike DeWine]] stated that the measure's supporters did not collect the required amount of '''initial''' signatures to be approved for circulation. 1,000 signatures are needed for that approval, however only 534 signatures were valid.<ref> [http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5961447ac83f4218b6b9ef5a5d6c5fb1/OH--Medical-Marijuana-Ohio/ ''The Republic'', "Initial Ohio medical marijuana petitions rejected, official says not enough valid signatures," August 3, 2011]</ref>
  
===Second attempt===
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According to spokeswoman for the group, Theresa Daniello, at the time: “We are very, very confident in our signatures, and we’ve validated them to make sure they are successful."<ref> [http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2011/09/14/pot-group-files-signatures-for-second-time-in-push-for-medical-marijuana-ballot-issue '''Clevescene.com'', "Pot Group Files Signatures for Second Time in Push for Medical Marijuana Ballot Issue," September 14, 2011]</ref>
Another attempt at the 1,000 initial signature requirement was submitted in [[BC2011#September|mid-September 2011]] by supporters of the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act, the second medical marijuana initiative, with more than 2,300 signatures. According to spokeswoman for the group Theresa Daniello: “We are very, very confident in our signatures, and we’ve validated them to make sure they are successful."<ref> [http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2011/09/14/pot-group-files-signatures-for-second-time-in-push-for-medical-marijuana-ballot-issue '''Clevescene.com'', "Pot Group Files Signatures for Second Time in Push for Medical Marijuana Ballot Issue", September 14, 2011]</ref>
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===Second rejection===
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====Approval of Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment====
Less than a month after a second attempt was initiated to circulate initiative petitions for the Ohio 2012 ballot, [[Mike DeWine|Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine]] announced that the attempt failed. Despite collecting sufficient signatures (at least 1,000) to initiate the circulation effort, DeWine explained that supporters failed to properly summarize the ballot language.<ref>[http://www.chron.com/news/article/Ohio-medical-marijuana-ballot-language-rejected-2180934.php ''Associated Press'',"Ohio medical marijuana ballot language rejected," September 21, 2011]</ref>
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The Ohio Ballot Board approved the "Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment" during the week of [[BC2011#October|October 25, 2011]], giving supporters the go-ahead to collect signatures for ballot access. The measure did not make the ballot, as the [[Ohio Secretary of State]]'s office reported only one measure filing signatures by the deadline.<ref> Office was contacted by Ballotpedia.</ref><ref> [http://www.fox8.com/news/wjw-medical-marijuana-supporters-want-ballot-spot-txt,0,6119585.story ''Fox 8'', "Medical Marijuana Supporters Closer to Ballot Spot," October 25, 2011]</ref>
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====Approval of Ohio Medical Cannabis Act====
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On [[BC2012#January|January 25, 2012]], the Ohio Ballot Board approved the second amendment, which was the "Ohio Cannibis Act of 2012." According to the board, the amendment consisted of one issue, thus allowing it to move forward with signature collection for ballot access. The measure did not make the ballot for 2012<ref> [http://www.timesjournal.com/news/article_84c8b1d2-478b-11e1-8b8e-001871e3ce6c.html ''Times Journal'', "Ballot Board decides medical marijuana amendment is single issue," January 25, 2012]</ref>
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===2013 attempt===
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Since signatures do not expire in Ohio, both campaigns have announced that they are continuing to collect in an effort to place on the 2014 ballot, as signatures were not submitted to place the initiative on the 2013 ballot.<ref>[http://www.ohiommjballot.org/8-the-petition/1-we-are-going-to-continue-collecting-for-2013 OhioMMjBallot.org,"We Are Going to Continue Collecting for 2013," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.omca2012.org/home/december-announce OMCA,"December Announcement," December 21, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
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* [[2012 ballot measures]]
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* [[2013 ballot measures]]
* [[Ohio 2012 ballot measures]]
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* [[Ohio 2013 ballot measures]]
 
* [[List of Ohio ballot measures]]
 
* [[List of Ohio ballot measures]]
 
* [[Laws governing the initiative process in Ohio]]
 
* [[Laws governing the initiative process in Ohio]]
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==External links==
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* Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment
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** [http://www.ohiommjballot.org/ Volunteer Information and Petition Locations]
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** [http://ohiopatientsnetwork.org/ Ohio Patient Network]
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* [http://www.omca2012.org/ Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment]
  
 
==Additional reading==
 
==Additional reading==
 
* [http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/05/medical_marijuana_for_ohio_edi.html Medical marijuana for Ohio? editorial]
 
* [http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2011/05/medical_marijuana_for_ohio_edi.html Medical marijuana for Ohio? editorial]
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* [http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/01/26/2-groups-push-medical-marijuana.html ''Columbus Dispatch'', "2 groups push medical marijuana," January 26, 2012]
  
 
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An Ohio Medical Marijuana Initiative did not appear on the November 2013 ballot in the state of Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure would have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes in the state.

Background

There were rumors that Peter Lewis, chairman of Progressive Insurance, would introduce a measure, but none were filed with the Ohio Attorney General's office.[1]

According to an e-mail from Lewis's attorney, proposals that he was looking for would “describe a clear plan to meet two goals: pass a voter initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio and design, execute and document the campaign in order to create a model for future campaigns in other states.”[2] As of September 2011, Lewis was not known to be involved with either of the current initiatives.[3]

Ohio Medical Cannabis Act

One ballot initiative in the state was backed by what organizers said was a "core group of patients" advocating for the use of medical marijuana. The 2012 proposal was known as The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012.

Under the act, a regulatory system modeled after the Ohio State Liquor Control system would have been established. An Ohio Commission of Cannabis Control would have also been implemented. A doctor's prescription would have been needed to buy the drug, and it would have been taxed.[4]

Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment

Another, more restrictive amendment, was known as the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment. It would have left enforcement up to local jurisdictions.[3]

Support

Supporters

Arguments

  • According to state resident Cynthia Wynia, marijuana has helped her with her medical issues in the past, stating, "I couldn't sleep. I couldn't stand. I couldn't sit. There's no position you can place yourself in where you're comfortable...A friend of mine offered me some marijuana...It took me a while to realize it. I was getting up and down. I was going up stairs. I was moving around -- dancing. It didn't hurt. I said 'I do not hurt'."[5]

Opposition

Opponents

  • Drug Free Action Alliance
  • Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America
  • Alcohol and Drug Prevention Association of Ohio[6]

Arguments

  • Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer claimed that the measure "would make too much marijuana available to kids in the community." He also stated a concern with driving under the influence of the drug.[7]
  • Marcie Seidel, executive director of Drug-Free Action Alliance, stated, "It's an ever-changing drug, and it's not really a benign drug. It's a drug that we need to look at very carefully that causes a lot of harm to our society. I don't know of any other drug in our repertoire of medications where you take it and you know only what it might do, but you have no idea what the side effects are."[5] Seidel also argues that the initiative supporters' real goal is the full legalization of the drug and that medical marijuana measures are only a "charade."[6]
  • Sue Thau, of the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America, claimed that using hurts future employment opportunities. She said, "[We want] Ohioans to be smarter and more competitive, not stupider and less competitive. I don't think Ohio can afford to have more and more and more kids that really are not going to show up for work, not be employable, not be able to graduate from college."[6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Ohio signature requirements

Since the measures were filed as an initiated constitutional amendment, the petition drive efforts needed to collect 385,247 signatures in order to have placed the referendum on the ballot. An initial 1,000 signatures and approval by the Ohio Attorney General were required prior to initiating petition circulation efforts.

2012 attempt

Rejections

The Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment was initially rejected by the Ohio Attorney General, as Mike DeWine stated that the measure's supporters did not collect the required amount of initial signatures to be approved for circulation. 1,000 signatures are needed for that approval, however only 534 signatures were valid.[8]

According to spokeswoman for the group, Theresa Daniello, at the time: “We are very, very confident in our signatures, and we’ve validated them to make sure they are successful."[9]

Approval of Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment

The Ohio Ballot Board approved the "Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment" during the week of October 25, 2011, giving supporters the go-ahead to collect signatures for ballot access. The measure did not make the ballot, as the Ohio Secretary of State's office reported only one measure filing signatures by the deadline.[10][11]

Approval of Ohio Medical Cannabis Act

On January 25, 2012, the Ohio Ballot Board approved the second amendment, which was the "Ohio Cannibis Act of 2012." According to the board, the amendment consisted of one issue, thus allowing it to move forward with signature collection for ballot access. The measure did not make the ballot for 2012[12]

2013 attempt

Since signatures do not expire in Ohio, both campaigns have announced that they are continuing to collect in an effort to place on the 2014 ballot, as signatures were not submitted to place the initiative on the 2013 ballot.[13][14]

See also

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