Columbus Monthly, 02 Nov 2015 - A closer look at the economic forces driving ResponsibleOhio's controversial plan to establish 10 wholesale marijuana growers in the state-and some of the plan's potential consequences Ohioans have heard a whole lot about pot this year. In August, ResponsibleOhio gathered enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use. The ResponsibleOhio plan-also known as Issue 3-began attracting controversy long before the coming Nov. 3 vote, sparking heated debate over issues that typically surround marijuana legalization, including how it would impact public health and safety and concern over easier access for minors. But the section of ResponsibleOhio's proposed amendment that's attracted the most controversy centers not on how marijuana would be consumed, but how it would be grown.
Dayton Daily News, 02 Nov 2015 - Many races, issues to be decided today. Statewide issues and local races on the ballot are expected to draw thousands of voters in Clark and Champaign counties to the polls Tuesday. More than 4,400 voters in Clark County and more than 1,400 voters in Champaign County have cast absentee ballots since early voting began Oct. 6, board of elections officials said Monday.
Globe and Mail, 02 Nov 2015 - CBC's Reefer Riches looks at how last year's state-sanctioned retailing of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is working out TV documentary filmmaker Cynthia Banks pitched the CBC on a pot film long before the Liberals began their late surge in the polls and legalizing the drug in Canada became a real possibility. Banks decided to see if any lessons could be learned a year into the state-sanctioned recreational sale of weed in Colorado and Washington.
Globe and Mail, 02 Nov 2015 - According to a 2014 presentation to the Surgeon-General's clinical council, 59 per cent of soldiers who had taken their lives since 2011 were known to be struggling with alcohol or drugs and 35 per cent were intoxicated at the time of their suicide The Canadian Forces rejected an internal recommendation to expand its addictions program to better help military members struggling with substance abuse, despite being aware that nearly six in 10 soldiers who died by suicide in recent years had been dependent on alcohol or drugs.
Pueblo Chieftain, 02 Nov 2015 - Five years and three months after City Council approved licensing rules for medical marijuana stores in Pueblo, the first of those businesses hung out its "Open" for business sign this month. "We were going to open a store in the county when we realized we could have a medical marijuana store in Pueblo if we could find a location," said Monique Duran, co-owner and manager of Seven-One-Nine, a medical pot store at 2729 Farabaugh Lane.
Dayton Daily News, 02 Nov 2015 - Claims About Registration Forms Sent to Prosecutor. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted Friday sent details about potential voter registration fraud by ResponsibleOhio to the Delaware County prosecutor for possible legal action.
Columbus Dispatch, 02 Nov 2015 - The television commercials, direct-mail ads, endorsements and debates are over: It's time to decide whether marijuana will be legal in Ohio. Eyes across the country will be on the Buckeye State on Tuesday to see what voters decide on State Issue 3, the for-profit constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in smokable and edible form for recreational use for those 18 or older, and for patients of any age with qualifying medical conditions.
New York Times, 02 Nov 2015 - COLUMBUS, Ohio - As a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society, a collector of antique marijuana apothecary jars, the founder of an industrial hemp business and "a pot smoker consistently for 47 years," Don Wirtshafter, an Ohio lawyer, has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it "my life's work." But when Ohio voters go to the polls Tuesday to consider a constitutional amendment to allow marijuana for both medical and personal use, Mr. Wirtshafter will vote against it.
Los Angeles Times, 02 Nov 2015 - Public Opinion Is Rapidly Changing. but Legalization Remains a Vexing Issue for Most Presidential Hopefuls. WASHINGTON - Pot is very much on the minds of voters, with millions poised to decide whether to legalize it. That raises a tantalizing question for presidential candidates: Is there political opportunity in the wind?
Albuquerque Journal, 02 Nov 2015 - Looser PTSD Rules Boost Prescriptions The number of New Mexicans licensed to buy medical marijuana surged by almost 50 percent this year, in part because of a court ruling in April that eased some qualifications required to get a license, a state official said.
Washington Post, 02 Nov 2015 - Pop Singer and Select Ohioans Will See Green If Initiative Passes Two things you probably haven't been paying a lot of a attention to lately: Election Day in Ohio. (It's not 2016 yet.)
Chillicothe Gazette, 01 Nov 2015 - If State Issue 3 were just about allowing the medical use of marijuana in Ohio, we could entertain a discussion about its benefits - but it would allow recreational use of the addictive version of the drug, as well. If State Issue 3 didn't create a monopoly for a small number of growers that would benefit tremendously financially, we could have a serious discussion about whether marijuana should be illegal at all - but it does.
Daily Record, 01 Nov 2015 - COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich said he has voted against state Issue 3 and voiced concern about the impact the marijuana legalization amendment could have on efforts to combat drug abuse. "I just think it sends the wrong message," he said. "When you run around telling kids not to do drugs, young kids, and then they read that we might legalize marijuana, I just think it's a mixed message. It's not good."
The Blade, 01 Nov 2015 - 2nd Statewide Ballot Question Could Nullify Yes Vote for Cannabis COLUMBUS - Two issues on this week's ballot stand alone, but the fate of one may depend on the other. Ohio is about to make a historic decision on Issue 3. Should the state become the first east of Colorado to legalize marijuana for recreational, medical, and commercial purposes?
Morning Journal, 01 Nov 2015 - Deep-pocketed investors in an Ohio marijuana legalization campaign this fall have been the focus of debate over Tuesday's Issue 3. Roughly two dozen known individuals - and an indeterminate number of others - will have exclusive rights to 10 initial growing sites located across the state. Among them are an Olympic gold medalist, a former boy band star, a fashion designer and the descendant of a president.
Pottstown Mercury, 01 Nov 2015 - Carol Johnson* of North Philadelphia, 87, carefully saved $2,000 from her pension checks, storing the money in an upstairs bedroom. But in a matter of minutes, it was gone - taken by law enforcement after Carol's husband Kevin* was found with two marijuana joints in their home. Carol was never charged with a crime, but it didn't matter. Under Pennsylvania's civil asset forfeiture laws, cash, cars and even homes can be forfeited without a hearing on the evidence, without due process, without justice.
New York Times, 01 Nov 2015 - THE COLORADO GREEN RUSH IS ON At the after-party for the National Cannabis Summit - an annual conference thick with entrepreneurs and business people, held in the bowels of the Sheraton in downtown Denver - eight of us attendees boogied alongside one of the more engaging speakers, the medical researcher Dr. Suzanne Sisley, who wore throughout the party a towering, purple velvet Mad Hatter's hat. Remembering that in her speech she had said, "I've never tried marijuana in any form," I wanted to whisper in her ear, "But your millinery tells a different story."
Dayton Daily News, 01 Nov 2015 - Tactics for Opponents, Supporters Differ Greatly in Campaign for Marijuana Legalization Columbus - One side is spending money, the other side - for the most part - isn't. One side has the backing of some 100 organizations, while the other side boasts the star power of people like former boy band singer Nick Lachey.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 01 Nov 2015 - It's been almost two decades since California voters decided marijuana should be legal for people with legitimate medical needs - and after all that time, there's still disagreement about exactly what that means. This much is certain: The laws governing the use of marijuana need constant fine-tuning.
Prince George Citizen, 31 Oct 2015 - Start now: Legalization has broad support, and many issues need to be addressed In the wake of the Liberal tsunami, Premier Christy Clark sounded far from enthusiastic about prime minister-to-be Justin Trudeau's plan to legalize pot.