Ohio Legalization Group Gains Cartoony Mascot, Loses Twitter Handle

Image Via ResponsibleOhio
Image Via ResponsibleOhio

By Joan Eberhardt

    ResponsibleOhio, the group that put marijuana reform on the state’s November 2015 ballot, took some flak this week for introducing a cartoon mascot.

“Buddie,” who looks like a superhero with a green B on his chest and a bud for a head, began touring college campuses recently. Opponents of the organization say that Buddie could appear attractive to children. Buddie has been traveling in an RV to college campuses in the Buckeye state to discuss the issue with students.

Last week the same group also changed its Twitter handle from @ResonsibleOhio to @Yeson3. By changing its handle rather than creating a whole new account the group was able to keep its 2500 followers. But during the changeover period, when @Yeson3 was new and @ResposibleOhio unclaimed, the trolls took notice. Now, pretty clearly run by opponents of the major group, @ResponsibleOhio has been shooting barbs at the organization.

If it passes ResponsibleOhio’s legislation would restrict recreational marijuana sales to those over 21 years old. This same amendment has been criticized for installing a legal monopoly on legal cannabis sales in that state, should it pass. Growers would be limited to the backers of the organization that proposed the legislation.

So to summarize, an organization lobbying for marijuana reform is using cartoon-y mascots and it cannot hold onto its Twitter handle. .

Republican voters want the feds out of cannabis legislation

Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, two states with the earliest primary elections, do not want whoever wins the next presidency to interfere with states creating their own cannabis laws.

The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, showed that the vast majority of GOP voters believe “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” In New Hampshire, 67 percent of respondents agreed with the statement, and 64 percent of Iowans polled.

The results are in line with previous polls conducted by Gallup, and Third Way.

Presidential hopefuls Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio, both Republicans, have promised to use their presidential powers to end legal cannabis consumption in America.

Cannabis might not be so dangerous to developing brains

    A study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that the previous evidence showing cannabis can be detrimental to developing brain, might have been overrated.

The initial study looked at sibling pairs where one person had been exposed to cannabis and the other had not. In the latest findings, the differences found between siblings could be connected to more common factors including genetic predisposition and environmental factors.

This is the second study published this year refuting the claims published in the 2014 paper.

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