Legal Marijuana Initiative Under Investigation in Ohio

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By Joan Eberhardt

Ohio legalization group under investigation for voter fraud,

ResponsibleOhio, the embattled group working to get legalization on that state’s November ballot, is being investigated after it was discovered that some of the names on the filed petitions belonged to dead people, prisoners and those who didn’t sign the form.

“Overzealous is a polite word for it,” Tim Burke, chairman of the board of elections in that state told Cincinnatti.com. “You can’t sign up dead people. You can’t sign for other people. That should never happen.” ResponsibleOhio managed to file enough signatures to put Issue 3 on the ballot. The issue would allow for a legal, adult recreational market but limit growing sites. Grow operations would be limited to 10 sites and owned by those who funded the initiative in the first place.

Burke, who was speaking from his own place of speculation, told the website that he suspects ResponsibleOhio didn’t have enough signatures to make it onto the ballot in the first place.

But what if it passed anyway?

If Issue 3 were to pass in Ohio anyway, a $24 million cannabis research facility would like to open in the state.

There is a very serious lack of good, reasonable research on the effects of medical cannabis. Scientifically sound research within the field could be considered a boon in expanding the use of cannabis in the medical community, and helping to scale back laws that keep the black market alive.

The International Cannabinoid Institute (ICI) would rent the land from one of ResponsibleOhio’s backers on a parcel of land in northeast Columbus. ICI’s stated purpose would be to grow and test the efficacy of medical marijuana on various illnesses.

Family physicians demand reasonable marijuana laws

The American Academy of Family Physicians, a group representing 120,000 North American doctors, recently demanded changes to the way cannabis is treated federally.

The AAFP, at its conference recently, passed two resolutions, one asking that marijuana be moved from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug, and another asking that recreational marijuana be decriminalized.

The physicians cited studies showing that more moderate cannabis laws would save the federal government $8.7 billion each year. Reclassifying cannabis as a Schedule II drug would also allow for more research regarding medical marijuana.

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