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Why Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Model Is The Best In The Nation


ohio medical cannabis associationOMCA Has The Best Approach To Medical Marijuana Policy

Bold and innovative. That’s what Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said he’s looking for in proposed reform. The rest of drug policy shares this sentiment and has long been calling for something that could shape the future of reform. My friends, a group in Ohio is trying to do just that. The Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment proposes a brand new model for medical marijuana that may very well be the game changer we’ve all been waiting for.

What does it do? First off, part of the OMCA’s beauty is its simplicity. Go look and attempt to read other states’ medical marijuana laws. Most are extremely long and riddled with specific regulation. In fact, if you’re not bored to tears after the first page, you might notice that most of the laws look similar to each other. Not the OMCA. It’s a 2 page amendment that very simply establishes rights for medical marijuana patients and delegates the rulemaking powers to a Commission of Cannabis Control.

Both of these functions are extremely important–I’ll explain why in turn.

The Rights. The OMCA states plainly and specifically that an eligible patient has the right to use, grow, and purchase medical marijuana to alleviate their suffering. No other medical marijuana law contains this language. Rather, other states with medical marijuana simply decriminalize the use and possession for patients, thus making it a privilege, not a right. This distinction has tremendous legal significance in the fight against the federal government because a privilege is prone to governmental interference without justification, whereas a right is subject to a higher level of scrutiny.

The OMCA also gives eligible patients the rights of confidentiality and privacy with respect to their medical marijuana use. These rights are not present in current medical marijuana laws. In fact, the opposite is true. Many states are free to hand over their patients’ information to any federal agency that asks, while other states have 24 hour live-feed cameras to the police. None of these practices would exist in Ohio under the OMCA. “HIPAA applies to our patients for every other aspect of their medical care, so why shouldn’t it apply to our patient’s use of medical marijuana as well?” said Theresa Daniello, spokesperson for the OMCA. I agree.

Taking things one step further, the OMCA grants eligible patients the right to be free from state discrimination and interference with respect to their medical marijuana use. It also charges the State of Ohio with upholding and defending the rights listed in the OMCA. These two provisions combined are amazing for medical marijuana patients. What this essentially amounts to is a direct prohibition on any state employee of Ohio from discriminating or interfering with medical marijuana patients. Police would not be free to choose the federal law and join a DEA raid. Further, Ohio’s Attorney General would not be able to just idly stand by while medical marijuana patients are raided either, he’d be charged with challenging federal intervention. Once more, medical marijuana laws elsewhere lack these provisions.

ohio medical cannabis actLast, but not least, the OMCA extends broad rights for the existence of a medical marijuana industry in Ohio. “We wanted to avoid problems present in states like Michigan, where there is some debate as to the legality of the sale of medical marijuana.” said OMCA’s general counsel Mark Ramach. “By providing for the rights of the industry to exist, our patients are protected in every facet of their medical marijuana use. Our goal in crafting the OMCA was to keep patients’ rights first at all times. The rights granted are a result of that goal.” The rights granted by the OMCA address most of the pitfalls in previous medical marijuana legislation. Any remaining issues are handled thanks to OMCA’s commission.

The Commission. The OMCA seeks to avoid the headaches of other states by delegating rulemaking authority to a Commission of Cannabis Control. In doing so, the OMCA won’t be victim to problems present in other medical marijuana states that resulted from a lack of foresight in the law’s implementation. Allow me to explain. In the past, medical marijuana laws have been written with regulation in the language. Such regulation has set possession limits, governed the purchase and sale, and delegated conflicting powers to both state and local governments. What those laws haven’t come with, however, is an efficient and effective way to create or change regulation to address problems as they arise.

Enter the OMCA and its commission. This commission will be able to provide regulation for the medical marijuana industry in Ohio and will operate much like other regulatory bodies do in this country. Hearings will be public, and the people will have a say in proposed rules. The commission’s ability to create and modify regulation is vital in medical marijuana policy. It’ll provide an adaptable industry structure that can change over time in response to new scientific and medical studies. In short, Ohio won’t be victim to unforeseen circumstances–were there ever to be a problem, the Commission could fix it.

To further ensure proper rulemaking, all members of the Commission are charged, via the OMCA’s language, with creating regulation that upholds and defends the rights given by the amendment. This guarantees that patients’ rights are always kept first and that regulation is made in a way that best protects the patients. The Commission will also be key in handling the federal government, were it to intervene. This brings me to my last point.

What about the Feds? The OMCA brings a new approach to the federal problem. In order to fully understand its significance, once must know how Gonzalez v. Raich changed the game. Most by now know about Angel Raich and how the DEA raided her place and took her plants. Ms. Raich eventually challenged this action and found her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite testimony from Angel Raich’s doctor that Ms. Raich would die without use of her medical marijuana and regardless of the fact that Ms. Raich grew her own marijuana in her own house, never to sell to others or cross state lines, the Supreme Court held that Congress could use the Commerce Clause to regulate marijuana and thus the DEA raid was proper. Prior to Raich, the Court had not yet ruled on this question. This ruling opened the door for the continuous raids that we see to this day.

The logic behind the Court’s reasoning is heavily debated and often difficult to explain, but it basically goes like this. So long as Congress is properly exercising an enumerated power, it can limit what states do. One of Congress’s enumerated powers is the Commerce Clause. This clause gives Congress the power to regulate commerce among the States. Basically, anything that moves from state to state (or interstate), Congress can regulate. They can also regulate things like the roads, rivers, and airways. In 1942, the Supreme Court further interpreted the power to mean that Congress could regulate anything that, in the aggregate, has a substantial affect on interstate commerce.

Fast-forward to Raich. Raich did not purchase her marijuana outside of California. She was not going to sell it in or outside state lines. She grew it in California and was only going to use it personally. The Government argued that these actions, if everyone did it, would affect the black market on marijuana in the aggregate and therefore affect interstate commerce. There was no proof that Raich’s actions actually had this effect, or that medical marijuana patient’s in general growing their own would have that big of an impact on the black market, but the Court said it didn’t matter. This decision basically closed the door on challenging the federal government on Commerce Clause principles.

What does all of this have to do with the OMCA? Well, the OMCA is a constitutional amendment that creates rights for medical marijuana patients in Ohio. Raich had to pursue her case using theories that came from California’s law, which is a state statute that does not have an affirmative grant of rights. In short, California’s language limited potential constitutional claims Raich could have brought. By specifically granting rights to its patients, the OMCA opens the door for new challenges against federal intervention.

Up until now, the federal government has hidden behind marijuana’s federal status as a schedule 1 drug without having to justify its position against the overwhelming medical evidence to the contrary. Every court case related to medical marijuana has been decided on legal technicalities and not on the actual merits of whether marijuana in fact is medicine. The OMCA could force that discussion once and for all. Imagine the federal government having to justify its stance towards marijuana in light of Ohio’s constitutional command that its sick citizens have the right to use, possess, and grow it. From what I’ve been told, this would bring up areas of constitutional law that have not seen a court room in some time.

Progress is slow, legal progress even slower. With that in mind however, simply having the ability to bring a new argument against the federal government puts our cause in a better position than ever before. The OMCA is the real deal. For more information on it and the group behind the language, check out www.omca2012.org If you’re like me, and are already sold and want to do your part to help, please check out www.omca2012.org/donate .


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  1. I am a 51 yr. old ohio male. I have chronic migraines.. pot lessons the pain,,But does not alieve it. Because I smoke po
    t,doctors refuse to prescribe anything but candy coated pain pills. I have several other mental and physical problems.
    2 doctors have confirmed my belief in the medical uses of pot/now if more would open their eyes we might get somewhere,obviously medical opinion will carry more weight than so called outlaw dopers

  2. Hello my name is Zach McCluskey. I grew up being over weight 240 XXL had
    > neuropathy pain and body aches. Also have 7 mental illnesses. They are
    > Depression, Anxiety, Bi Polar, Panic attack, Mood stabilizer, thyroid
    > disease, diabetic type 2 and Insomnia. I used Mariujuana for 4 years
    > and was
    > able to lose 70 pounds from working out since body aches and and
    > neuropathy
    > Pain went away. My parents can vouch for that. I also was able to get
    > rid of
    > my mental illnesses and stress due to the Mariujuana and hold not 1 but 2
    > jobs. I quit smoking back in April 2013 and all 7 mental health issues
    > returned and neuropathy, I also take 8 pills a day for everything. I
    > believe
    > taking that many pills for issues can be very dangerous and damaging to a
    > body and mind. Plus paying for all the medicine can cost a lot and
    > looking at
    > life as 1 big pill is not fun. Medical use of Mariujuana can help
    > with many
    > things from Mental illness, Sick people, Cancer, therapy and trauma. Also
    > surgery and people who are can’t take some medication due to being
    > allergic
    > to it. No one is allergic to Mariujuana and I find it better than
    > taking 8
    > pills a day. The pills can changed a person and there brain. Also MJ
    > can be
    > used for sleeping and even help ADHD or ADD. Which I have. I smoked for 4
    > years and all the body aches, neuropathy and more went away. think about
    > people in the same position or worse conditions. I support your cause for
    > Legal Mariujuana. I am 1 of the people who suffer from Mental Illness
    > taking
    > 8 pills can be tiring or discouraging looking at all the pills, yet
    > smoking
    > helped me. I did quit in April 2013 and got all 7 Mental illness back and
    > neuropathy and body aches. I believe in Medical use 100%. From Zach
    > McCluskey
    > 614 619 2786 for any questions. There are many advantages of Medical
    > Mariujuna even if just through doctors only that is a start. I’m 25
    > with all
    > these problems and I bet there are other younger and older who suffer

  3. skye hi vehr on

    With the smoke trapper smoke trapper I invented for the burning end everyone can smoke in reasonable public places and not wrongfully medicate each other but rightfully medicate themselves. I call it common courtesy law and I hope it will help us smoke everywhere, say, truckstops on roadtrips etc.Like a loose chinese-fingertrap but shaped like a little puffy cloud for easy sucking, it can reduce fires and allergic attacks and keep things clean-SkyeHi

  4. What would happen to the illegal drug traffickers if cannabis is leagalized nationwide.would be a safer place to live in southwest U.S.

  5. What Luu said, “Legal Speech” and “News/Political Speech” are invisible launguages meant to confuse the issues and bring about that absolutely incorrect assumption that just because people speak a certain way, that they are more or less intelligent that those who do speak in such terms. It’s not that I can’t understand it, I CAN, I just believe that laws that apply to everyone, WHICH IS ALL LAWS should be understandable by ALL regardless of intelligence level. Oh and by the way Earl of Spearmint, I happen to have a genius level IQ of 215, What about you?! Maybe you should open your mouth, stick a joint in it, and reassess your position, because its obvious you yourself speak out of your ass just to hear the sound of your voice … or read your own comments.

  6. Medical marijuana wont be coming to your state before 2015. This omca language is poor. You are fools if you support a bill filled with so much mystery. Pass this into law & come up with how it really works at a later date. What a joke.

  7. Went to an organized meeting in Columbus at the school of Law downtown.. sent numerous requests… never even saw one petition to sign,, both I and my brother would have collected signatures but we never got one response to request to pick up petitions so we could get them signed by registered voters … I am so disappointed.. what the heck happened.. we were begging to help and get signatures..

  8. I have smoked weed off and on for over 40 years. I very seldom some it anymore mainly because I have moved far away from my contacts. Now that I seem to be going through one medical issue after another I wish I could find some as these pain managing narcotics seem to really mess with my head, I am now suffering with taking this med or that med, taking warm baths and then using ice packs. It is so easy for me to get perscriptions but nothing makes me feel like my old self like sharing a joint with a friend. I have had a broken neck with a slug of hip bone inserted, various infections, two bouts of kidney stones, rectal masses, etc. Here we have one of the only pure organic plants being outlawed. Shame on you politiicans. Wait until you start suffering and see how you like taking perscription drugs that drain your bank accounts and screw up your mind and body.

  9. yes standing together is a must. but seriously, i read the bill language n alot of states might adopt it. the feds cant just come barging in like they have been. there will be channels they have to go through. i think ohios bill language is well written

  10. ohios is the best because it has that feds has to check with the registries n still yett it is dr patient relationship n makes it harder for feds to bust cuz of hippa act

  11. mr singer boi Jones419 on

    I am a 29 year old man with adhd and the only thing that helps me and dosent make me feel like a zombie is some good old marijuana i really hope this law passes because it makes me feel mature and not like im still a teenager trapped in a adults body steps away from his prime and best years of his life please vote in November and pray it passes thank you

  12. Legalese just makes it so that not everyone can participate in a legitimate debate, only those that can understand it. Reading books doesn’t directly make people “clever”, it just provides knowledge. Not everyone is interested in studying legalese… and for good reason. So if people decide to pursue any other profession that isn’t law, or don’t have a desire to understand it as well as let’s say someone like you does, they aren’t clever enough participate in debates that affect the entire population? that’s absurd imho.
    In the eyes of people that do fully understand the law and its implications, it is easy to just dismiss the common man’s point of view because they can’t offer arguments that have any substance *to them. This doesn’t make their points any less valid in reality, except perhaps the legal reality that is pushed on us. If laws were simple there wouldn’t be all these loopholes that people can abuse, but we don’t live in a simple world do we?

  13. The Earl of Spearmint on

    OR perhaps read a book, becoming clever enough to understand legalese; so called ‘legal speak’. It is used for a reason. You Sir, in particular, should not get stoned.

  14. LiberVeriAequitas on

    Prohibition and the drug war is nothing more than a collaborative corporate and political bias to further the profits of pharmaceutical companies and to maintain “Order”.  That fact our and other totalitarian governments throughout the world can ban certain substances then make other more toxic substances legal is an obvious contradictory and hypocritical suggestion.  All i want is consistency.  Once your government no longer acts in your best interest as a citizen,  it’s your right to act against your government.  Free and independent,  please….  

  15. Does it look like medical marijuana is going to be legalized in Ohio 2012? Or is it hopeless?

  16. That is exactly what Laws need.. SIMPLICITY! I think we should go through every law ever made (still on the books) and re-evaluate their applications for today and completely simplify them. NO MORE HIDING BULLSHIT IN LEGAL SPEAK! :P

  17. same person on

    first we need over 360.000 signatures so you need to sign this before it will be on Nov. ballet. go to the site for info on how to sign

  18. I agree Don, still i hope something can happen…..great link, everyone should click it.

  19. If it passes im sure someone would help you as it would help your issues. But it is the most easiest plant to grow so this way people can and will stop paying for high price pills and grow their own medicine themselves. But if you cant im sure someone would help you as this community has some of the most compassionate people i have ever met.

  20. Kim Hershiser on

    I have heard that it will help, but more so after the fact as it is a muscle relaxer and will help with that pain. But if you goggle ”grannysslist” you will find thousands of things it will help with so if it will, it i can guarantee will be on that list.

  21. Kim Hershiser on

    Why do you want the more pills that kill kids these days out there, if someone needs a combination of the two to help them, why deny them this right to feel better. And if you are saying that a person should need a prescription then you did not read the information, because we do not want to let just anyone use it, of course a person would use MMJ under a Doc’s orders. Plus the pills are so harmful to a persons body and not addictive like the pills or even could kill a person.

  22. Duncan20903 on

    That’s not Russ Belville, that’s a misrepresentin’ fraud.

    No L in Beville.

    This is the only article he uses that name. Just another scammer trying to fool people.

  23. I certainly hope that this measure gets on the ballot and passes in November.  Passing this bill would make my life so much easier and worth living.

  24. Rollerboy286 on

    I live in Ohio and heartily support this initiative but doubt whether it will pass. I am not sure that granting patients a right to medicine will pass the electorate. There will certainly be a well funded campaign to defeat this bill.

  25. Morris Williams on

    This is great work on the part of the people who make up OMCA. Thank you. I have met several cancer patients who have said that the medications given to them by their doctors don’t help them enough. I plan to help get petitions signed.

    Morris Williams

  26. i have arthertis in my hand and feet can you help me get the medical marijuana for me

  27.  It will take just over 385,000 signatures to get it on the ballot, then a majority vote in the general election would make it law.

  28. While the flexibility of the “Commission” is so highly revered in this article, it may also be their Amendment’s Achilles’ Heal.  Public outcry could be easily ignored by this Commission appointed by the Governor, and the regulations and taxes that are not mentioned could be later determined to be more than We want to bear.  Not to mention, in a previous version of this group’s proposed Amendment, they stated “precedence to existing” dispensary companies – since there are none of those in Ohio yet, that would mean precedence to out-of-state companies.  I have no reason to believe that this “commission” would treat this aspect any differently, especially since a couple of their members are from Michigan.  While I certainly would vote for it should they get enough signatures, I’m not supporting them in any other way.  For full legalization in Ohio, you should all check out this group, http://responsibleohioans.org .

  29. Kathleen Chippi on

    hb1284 illegally (statute does not trump the constitution)  killed Colorado’s mmj constitutional amendment.  It caused the optional state registry to drop 60,000 plus patients since a year and 1/2 ago.  Colorado law currently SUCKs for mmj.  And you call this successful?  Read/research before you post BS.

  30. Kathleen Chippi on

    The Colorado language has not worked in Colorado (so says the Beinor ruling and the Watkins ruling and they are the CURRENT kaw of the land)– and it was authored by DPA and MPP, just like all states with mmj except CA and DC. 

    CARE has appealed the Beinor ruling.  The Beinor ruling says patients have NO RIGHT to USE, only decrim possession if you qualify with something like cancer.  Patients have NO RIGHTS in Colorado and can still lose their jobs, occupational licenses, kids, houses, insurance, gov aid, and even their freedom.  If we can overturn Beinor–we have legal mmj at a state level as a right.  If we do not–patients have no rights.  However, the Watkins case, if not appealed properly shuts everyone down nationwide and even if we win in Beinor, federal law trumps state law

    Sensible and the ACLU have appealed the Watkins ruling.  Unfortunately, they are conceding to federal law trumping state mmj law and not arguing the issue even though that has never been argued in court.  Here they have the opportunity to argue it and they are not.  So this means that federal law trumps ALL state mmj laws and Watkins ruling on this will stand. 

  31. Kathleen Chippi on

    Colorado’s A20 has been struck down in the second highest court in the state.  The Beinor ruling says NO ONE has a RIGHT to USE mmj but qualifying patients have decrim possession of mmj.  The language in A20 was unanimously called “grey and ambiguous” by the Colorado Court of Appeals.  This ruling has been appealed and we are waiting to be heard by the CO Supreme Court.   DPA wrote Colorado”s language and the language for all mmj states aside from prop 215 in Ca and the DC language.  Too bad it took the 15 years to figure out how not to screw patients.    here is the news from CO today on this exact issue–shotty language in mmj laws.  http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/04/medical_marijuana_brandon_coats_paralyzed_patient_appeals_firing.php

  32. 215 does say as much, but the way it’s written causes some problems. The text only specifically addresses the right to obtain and use, however the way the it’s written removes muster to those rights. The rights show up in 215’s statement of purpose and only come with the command of ensuring that California’s have the two rights. It does not specifically say that the rights exist, nor does it specifically grant them. It also doesn’t address rights to possess, privacy, or others listed in the OMCA. Further, being a statute, it’s a lower level of authority in terms of how the courts view these rights. I think that’s what was meant with the original sentence. Looks like it’s been edited since you pointed this out.

  33. quick question, how many votes does it take to pass an amendment??  is  it 50%+1 or 2/3??

    keep up the good work!!

  34. The funny thing is that I’m actually from Oregon. I have been a patient here for over 6 years. A lot of these comments are assuming that I’m just being a prideful Ohio native. I have lived in Oregon my entire life and have never been to Ohio! I am approaching this from a purely legal standpoint. I have no dog in this fight except my desire to see the feds get the F out of medical marijuana policy.

  35. I think you are missing the point of this article. It is not about pride. It’s about what model will stand up to the legal challenge the best. Yes, Colorado allows for profit marijuana sales through dispensaries, which is why it will not get legal review since it falls under the same ‘case law umbrella’ as Raich. The commerce clause will always overshadow Colorado’s advances in mmj policy. I was just in Denver. I love it there. It blew my mind. But if the feds want to, they can step in at any minute, and case law will be on their side. That would not be the case in Ohio.

  36. People from Colorado assume that their model will work everywhere.There is just simply no way that states like Montana, Oregon, or Nevada would ever be willing to put up with closed circuit television or 70 percent growing requirements for dispensaries. Colorado’s model, from a purely legal standpoint, is dead in the water if it gets challenged in federal court.The OMCA model brings a new perspective, that would be granted review by the Court if it was ever challenged. And for the record, this ‘stoner’ was once a scholarship law student, and I wrote this article with the advice of my ‘stoner’ attorney from Ohio… :)

  37. How do you feel about the ‘Ohio model?’ We are both from Oregon, which I always felt was the best model before I heard about OMCA. Oregon still has the best active model in my opinion, but it still falls victim to the commerce clause. The OMCA model may or may not succeed in court, but it certainly has a better shot than all other programs in the nation if it were to pass and get challenged.

  38. Jewfromdahood2 on

    Yeah thats right we in Ohio show you how to do it right. However they need to add patients able to get it for ADD and asthma, it could help me a lot

  39. If you read the website it says it fights for patients rights against discrimination in the work force.  Which means they won’t be able to fire you for use of medical marijuana.

  40. It’s your insulting tone that ruffled people’s feathers. This movement is about gaining acceptance in a larger culture. That can only happen through cooperation, and intellectual generosity within the movement. Think of it like this: would you speak this way to someone in person? If the answer is no, then you should edit your comment a bit more. 

  41. Insults get us nowhere. While most of the world couldn’t care less about marijuana, guys like Johnny are working hard to spread the best information available. We must work together. Pissing contests are a waste of time. 

  42. Does this act protect employees in the workplace?  That is extremely important for patients who can work or have jobs.  I would think the language would since it is a right and it is doctor recommended.  I just hate to see employers use drug testing as a way to discriminate against Cannabis patients while employees using more deadly prescriptions get a free pass.  I think the rest of this is outstanding.  I am rooting for a win on this one for the people of Ohio!

  43. How about every state where legalized use is available, get together & help each other help the rest of us! Fight for the right all Americans used to have instead of a pissing contest about who’s right & who’s wrong!!!!
    Just an opinion, the more people who stick together the better the out come!!!

  44. James Mcvaney on

    CLOWN your full of shit! A20 got raped by Cali scum and now A64 is eating every up to get arrested.

  45. Russ Beville on

    Its the national groups like DPA, MPP, NORML ect.. that wrote those other crappy MMJ laws.

  46. So many pill made that they feed us are more addictive & to many side effects to mention them all. Alcohol is worse on the human body then any & all drugs; yet its legal; why? Cigarettes are worse than cannabis; yet legal? A person & their doctor should be who chooses what’s best for them & no one else!
    The meds they have me on & been on for years, barely help but are slowly killing me as well could accidentally kill me even by following directions as I’ve always have, but the side effects cause the need for different meds to counter act side affects. I would at least like to have opportunity to try something that may work better & not kill me or cause need for additional medication. Since nothing else truly helps, so I agree my choice, if someone disagrees cool keep taking the poison that’s currently only solution available! Keep fighting the good fight & get the truth out; Proud American praying for change in the right direction!!!!

  47. Man, i am not going to tell you your wrong. but you need to relax.

    who cares if Colorado was successful. there is more than one way to skin a cat. ” it’s about getting things done in a legitimate and sensible way” I tottaly agree i think Ohios simplicity path is a different rout than a length piece of legislation. Colorado while successful doesnt mean its the best. i think 100% legalization would be the best but thats my opinion

    “Adopt Colorado’s approach.  1) start with an amendment.  2) write the mmj laws 3) LEGALIZE COMPLETELY FALL 2012!!!!”
    hey guess what there doing!!!! number 1? start with an amendment thats what OMCA is, an amendment to the Ohio Constitution.

    so in conclusion, please relax.

  48. Interesting article but you are wrong on a few points. A key one is where you say, “Raich had to pursue her case using theories that came from California’s law, which is a state statute that did not specifically address whether she in fact had a right to use marijuana.”

    Yet if you actually read proposition 215, The Compassionate Use Act; the right to use mmj is clearly given.

    “SECTION 1. Section 11362.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

    11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the
    Compassionate Use Act of 1996. (b)(1) The people of the State of
    California hereby find and declare that the purposes of the Compassionate Use
    Act of 1996 are as follows: (A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians
    have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes “

  49. Please read the article before your read the comments.  I didn’t call you a douche, though clearly I should have.  

    “simply that Ohio is trying something new” – that’s the whole point, douche, this article lists nothing new.

  50. The facts are the facts.  It’s not about Colorado being first (which it is) but it’s about getting things done in a legitimate and sensible way.  The author of this article spends a great deal of time touting their solution which, when faced with facts, is neither unique or interesting.  If you want to move the movement ahead in your state, read about the success in Colorado.  

    This article, like most articles written by stoners, is poorly researched and full of factual errors.  Save yourselves alot of time and look at Colorado, don’t try to start from scratch and then try to tell us how your (obviously poorly thought out approach) is worth spending any time on.

    Adopt Colorado’s approach.  1) start with an amendment.  2) write the mmj laws 3) LEGALIZE COMPLETELY FALL 2012!!!!

    Stick with the facts.

  51. Wow…Did you write Colorado’s marijuana laws?  I doubt it.  Why on earth would you be bent out of shape over this article, we should all be standing together on this issue and not getting your panties in a ruffle over which states laws are better.

  52. Instead of being a douche and spouting “we’re better than you” rhetoric, maybe you could support the hard work being done in other places to have the same rights you do.  Nothing in this article says that other states have done things incorrectly, simply that Ohio is trying something new that may be beneficial to people everywhere.  If what Ohio is trying works, then other states can model their rules, laws, and regulations off of it.  What we need is for people to work together, whether the people are from California, Ohio, or Colorado, and to support one another, not set up a combative attitude right from the get-go.  Go smoke a joint and chill out!

  53. Bored after the first few paragraphs.  

    Before you go attacking other states laws you really should try to understand them.  Colorado’s laws, while long and presumably boring, are incredibly well written and make a ton of sense.  Read Colorado’s constitutional amendment 20.  We are the first state to declare all people have a right to use and posses if their doctor says it is so.Read 10-1284.  We are the first state to recognize the security problems and this is why our ‘dispensaries’ are regulated by the same state department who regulate liquor sales.  We are the ONLY state to allow for profit marijuana sales through dispensaries.  And we will probably be the first state to allow unfettered adult access to the harmless plant this fall in our general election.Shut up Ohio, you have nothing but a dream.  We are living it.

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