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Blumenauer: Defeat Of Ohio Marijuana Legalization Measure Doesn’t Slow Down Momentum


Earl Blumenauer marijuanaBelow is United States Representative Earl Blumenauer’s thoughts on the results in Ohio today, via a press release I received from his staff:

Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on the defeat of the Ohio ballot initiative to legalize marijuana:

“The defeat of the Ohio measure in no way slows down the revolution taking place across the country to end the failed prohibition of marijuana. Many legalization supporters were skeptical the measure under consideration was the right approach in Ohio. I look forward to seeing more states join Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana the right way.

“As more and more states consider marijuana reforms, it emphasizes the need for the federal government to get out of the way. Voters should not have to make these decisions with the threat of needless and wasteful federal interference. I’m convinced the day is coming when we will legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana at the federal level. It’s the right to do.”


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  1. Closet Warrior on

    These politicians can’t take on the world, in the meantime, how hard I is it to throw a couple seed in some dirt? Come on people, if you can think for yourselves then you can grow for yourself. They can’t bust the world. We need a revelation or a revolution.

  2. I find it amusing just how many people are quick to blame one side or the other on this huge failure… but what I find most interesting is just how brainwashed everyone is as to the real reason this legalization effort actually failed from the time it became apparent that the group known as ResponsibleOhio was going to gather enough signatures to actually get this issue on the ballot, the state of Ohio and its corrupt elected officials did everything within their power to stop the legalization of cannabis within the state allegations of signature gathering fraud were addressed, the amount of signatures gathered and actually accepted as being valid by Jon Husted’s office was approximately one third of the total number gathered by the group, which leads me to believe that Husted’s office intentionally lied about the actual number of valid signatures in an attempt to stop the initiative from ever making its way onto the ballot

    when all the previous underhanded misuses of power by elected officials failed to work, the Ohio legislature took up the task by quickly throwing together a bill simply designed to stop the legalization effort on the grounds that it was a monopoly… but the real task of Issue 2 was to stop the legalization of cannabis from happening in Ohio

    I actually went out and voted on November 3rd, I read what the state of Ohio put on the ballots as brief descriptions of the issues, and in my opinion the wording on the ballot was the silver bullet that put the nail in the coffin on RO’s legalization attempt

    for everyone that does not live in Ohio, or for the individuals that do live here but did not vote, here’s the actual wording used on the Ohio voting ballot

    Issue Two
    Anti-monopoly amendment; protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit

    Issue Three
    Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes

    with issue 2 stating that it was an “anti-monopoly bill being followed up with issue 3 which states it “grants a monopoly”, it is quite clear to see that the final blow to cannabis legalization was initiated by the office of Jon Husted, in the wording that they intentionally put onto the ballot to describe the issue’s to the citizens in the state of Ohio

    cannabis legalization never stood a chance here in Ohio because the individuals who are actual in power in thid state don’t want it legalized and these corrupt individuals misused the system to their advantage in this situation to trick the public into voting the way they wanted and the brainwashed mindless sheeples of this state followed along in their mindlessly blinded herds right to the voting booths

    Ohio voters were clearly manipulated by the powers that be into voting against legalization!!!

  3. Earl is the MAN. I have no idea what he’s against but as long as he advocates for cannabis I’m for him.

  4. Two older voters in downtown Cincinnati who said they support legalization of marijuana both said they voted against Issue 3 because they didn’t like the “monopoly” element creating exclusive growing sites.

    “I can’t believe I voted ‘no’ when it was finally onthe ballot,” said Marty Dvorchak, 62, of the northern Cincinnati suburbof Fairfield. “I think it’s ridiculous that marijuana is illegal. The war on drugs has been a failure. But I don’t think 10 people (growers) should have a monopoly.”


  5. Kestrel Blackfeather on

    Most of the people I know who voted against Issue 3 in Ohio did so because of the oligarchy language. Had the initiative not been written to cater to a small group it would have had a much better chance of passing.

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