Medical-Marijuana Effort Advances

Jan 21, 2012

Ohio’s sec­ond pro­posed medical-marijuana statewide bal­lot issue took a step for­ward yes­ter­day when it was cer­ti­fied by Attor­ney Gen­eral Mike DeWine. The Ohio Med­ical Cannabis Amend­ment to the Ohio Con­sti­tu­tion con­tains a “fair and truth­ful” sum­mary and has the nec­es­sary 1,000 sig­na­tures of Ohio reg­is­tered vot­ers, DeWine deter­mined. The issue next heads to the Ohio Bal­lot Board, which will deter­mine whether it should appear on the Nov. 6 general-election bal­lot as a sin­gle issue or mul­ti­ple issues. Sec­re­tary of State Jon Husted set a board meet­ing for 10:30 a.m. Wednes­day. If the board approves, sup­port­ers will be allowed to begin col­lect­ing the 385,245 valid sig­na­tures of reg­is­tered vot­ers nec­es­sary to qual­ify for the bal­lot. In Octo­ber, the Bal­lot Board approved a sim­i­lar medical-marijuana bal­lot issue, the Ohio Alter­na­tive Treat­ment Amend­ment. Sup­port­ers are gath­er­ing sig­na­tures for that issue. Either issue, if passed, would allow Ohioans with qual­i­fy­ing med­ical con­di­tions to buy, pos­sess and grow mar­i­juana for med­i­c­i­nal pur­poses. The Med­ical Cannabis Amend­ment, cer­ti­fied yes­ter­day, is backed pri­mar­ily by a group made up of patients seek­ing pain relief for med­ical con­di­tions. The pro­posed lan­guage says Ohioans have “inalien­able rights” under the Ohio Con­sti­tu­tion, includ­ing the right to “be eli­gi­ble to use cannabis as med­i­cine as a result of a diag­nosed debil­i­tat­ing med­ical con­di­tion.” The issue would estab­lish an Ohio Com­mis­sion of Cannabis Con­trol to reg­u­late med­ical cannabis in Ohio. The group’s ini­tial pro­posal was rejected by DeWine last year because it did not fairly sum­ma­rize the pro­posal. The other issue, the Alter­na­tive Treat­ment Amend­ment, would allow qual­i­fied med­ical prac­ti­tion­ers to pre­scribe mar­i­juana for patients at least 18 years old with a qual­i­fy­ing med­ical con­di­tion. Patients could obtain up to 3.5 ounces of mar­i­juana at a time and could cul­ti­vate up to 12 mar­i­juana plants. Both pro­pos­als are aimed at suf­fer­ers with spec­i­fied med­ical con­di­tions: can­cer, Parkinson’s dis­ease, HIV and AID S, post-traumatic stress dis­or­der, sickle-cell ane­mia, glau­coma and oth­ers. Back­ers of the com­pet­ing amend­ments have been unable to agree to work together and decided to move ahead inde­pen­dently. Six­teen states and the Dis­trict of Colum­bia have some form of medical-marijuana law. Infor­ma­tion about the Ohio Med­ical Cannabis Amend­ment of 2012 is avail­able at: http://​www​.omca2012​.org Infor­ma­tion about the Ohio Alter­na­tive Treat­ment Amend­ment is at: http://​www​.ohiom​mjbal​lot​.org/​h​o​m​e​t​o​p​.​h​tml Source: Colum­bus Dis­patch (OH) Author: Alan John­son, The Colum­bus Dis­patch Pub­lished: Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 21, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 The Colum­bus Dis­patch Con­tact: letters@​dispatch.​com Web­site: http://​www​.dis​patch​.com/

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