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Reefer Madness

Is Ohio ready to legalize marijuana?

Last week I saw an internet news headline that said Pat Robertson, the Christian televangelist and host of the 700 Club, believes that marijuana should be legalized.

Admittedly, I did not read the full story at that time as I have little interest in the orator as well as the subject matter.  hen a few days later, I was reading the current issue of The Costco Connection, a free “lifestyle magazine for Costco members” and came across an article on the legalization of marijuana.

While, I admit that the Costco magazine is probably not the most scholarly publication, it none the less struck me that two national discussions about “pot” in one week was more than a mere coincidence.  

So what’s the “411” on the “4-20?” 

Simply, it is illegal to possess, cultivate, sell, and distribute marijuana per federal and state laws including the laws of the State of Ohio. However, currently 16 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington) and the District of Columbia has enacted legalization that allows for the medical use of marijuana.

As you see, it is not just the west coasters who have a strong “pot” lobby.  

While Ohio does not have a medical use exception to our drug laws, the possession of a small amount of marijuana (100 grams or less) is classified as a minor misdemeanor offense. This means getting caught with a little ganja (100 grams is approximately 3.5 ounces) generally means no jail time and a maximum fine of $150.00.    

Is Mary Jane welcome in Ohio? 

I hope not, but I certainly do not speak for the entire populous. In fact, my view could be in the minority.

Apparently a recent Gallup Poll indicated that at least 50 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. I know some view the legalization of this drug as a way to weed-out the violence and plight that is associated with the criminal activity currently involved with this drug.

Others point to beneficial uses such as for glaucoma therapy and the tax income that can be derived. I also hear the voices that claim that we are wasting millions and millions of dollars in drug enforcement resources on a relatively harmless little plant. They may be right, but in my opinion they may be dead wrong.

What say you? 

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William R. Joherl, Esq.

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bill budner March 16, 2012 at 09:39 AM
also let me say, i am all for decriminalization / legalization of marijuana; but what you are doing in the above comments is spreading misinformation and propaganda.
Stacy Molloy March 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I strongly suggest if you do facebook you check out the The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012... page. It is informative and they are having meetings all over Ohio. They are trying to get enough signatures to take this to the ballot this year.. I dont understand how they will use the blood tests as a test for the levels because each person maintains marijuana differently ..such as it stores longer in a person who has more fat cells than a person that does not..and how could we determine our own level since its not like other medications per se that maintain a specfic time frame in our blood.. I believe in Amandas case she would be forced to take the blood test since she could not pass a road side test. She would probably be forced to hire an attorney and go through the hassle of court.. Im glad to see that this is making people think.. to me thats a postive step forward!!
Stacy Molloy March 16, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Bill I believe as I stated we are misusing the word CUT and actually are referring to additives.. I dont see how we are misleading or spreading propoganda.. we are simly stating that people that have a medical need should not be forced to take the risks that are currently associated with the purchase of the drug on the street from perhaps unreliable sources. People like Amanda should be able to go to a dispensary and obtain it legally without the threat of arrest or contamination of the product by whatever means.
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski March 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Bill, I agree you cannot 'cut' herb. But one can soak it in a solution or ( forgive my misuse of terminology) 'lace' it with another drug. When I was 16, I was given cannabis laced with PCP... Angel dust right? I had hardcore violent hallucinations which didn't mesh well with my PTSD and I almost slit my wrists with an exacto knife. It's scary to think that that crap could still be circulating ....which I have heard it said that one should be EXTREMELY careful about the source of their herbs. I won't talk too much about it here, what I have heard.... 'cause, you know. I would urge ANYONE who cares about the cannabis act to add their signature to the petitions and to get those started in this area. Already one started up at KSU campus by a friend of mine. I heard he did very well!
Le'ah Keturah-Sarah Krzywkowski March 16, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Yeah I believe it, you can lace the herb with other medicines such as opium. It is best to familiarize yourself with the characteristic appearances of the herb and it's flowers so that you know what looks abnormal, and of course if it looks fishy....DO NOT USE IT. I have some friends who have medical marijuana cards now and they have reported to me that the difference in organically grown herb is drastically different than what you see on the street. The buds are full and fuzzy, colorful and fragrant and all of it is intact! Whereas what you get from an unknown source can look brown and shriveled. And often time can have an additional odor that is not the herbal fragrance of the fresh and untainted herb.

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