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Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Put Marijuana Legalization Before State Voters

By Erik Altieri May 4, 2013 Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Put Marijuana Legalization Before State Voters
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House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.

COLUMBUS, OH — Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters.

House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.

“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” stated Representative Hagan.

To be placed on the ballot, HJR 6 would need to receive a three-fifths vote from the legislature. The full text of the measure is available online here.

If you live in Ohio, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him/her to support this historic legislation! It is time to let the people of Ohio decide for themselves whether or not it is time to legalize marijuana.

OHIO RESIDENTS: CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

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  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    The “War on Marijuana” has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful “War on Drugs” that has cost our country over a trillion dollars. Instead of The United States wasting Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending “War on Marijuana”, lets generate Billions of dollars and improve the deficit instead. It’s a no brainer.

    Marijuana prohibition has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to prison and are being given permanent criminal records, which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink? It is also safer than tobacco, caffeine, even aspirin. Marijuana is the safest and healthiest recreational substance known to man.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in jail today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let’s end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should not attempt to legislate morality because it simple does not work and costs us a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

    -Brian Kelly 2013

  • Mike

    Brilliant idea. One hopes that three-fifths of the legislature are willing to consult their real bosses — the voters.

    A win seems consequential. A loss? Is there a re-try clause, say in four years? One would be fair, no matter what, as everyone knows which way this is going, even if it’s a few points short the first time. And not wanting to be a sore loser, it’s fair to show how close it will be this time if it’s a loss. And the time between the two would be a good time to work on ideas on how Ohio wants to do this, if it’s virtually inevitable anyway.

    Obviously, some people don’t want a vote at all or want a loss to be forever. They will be working against it. If Rep. Hagan is successful, OHIO needs to show up and kick ass. I know it can, I know cool folks there and worked outdoor festivals near Athens years ago. You can do it, but you gotta work for it.

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  • Steve

    This is nothing more than extortion of its own people. Just the notion of taxing a natural plant is pathetic and an obvious prohibition extension by the ignorant control freaks. Ohio residence should take names and vote them out just to send a message.

  • buddhacosmos

    I assure You, Your legislature and the Governor’s house want your anecdotal input on putting this on the ballot. Since there is no commercial opposition to legal marijuana, getting on the ballot or not is just a matter of who makes the most noise, private pro and con. You know how to make NOISE don’t you. Come’On. Do It! Do It! Do It!

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