After the Ohio legislature recently debated and passed a medical marijuana bill on its own, the group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana has decided to suspend their signature-gathering efforts; those efforts were directed at getting a measure on the statewide ballot this fall.
“Late Friday evening, after considerable discussion, the decision was made to suspend our drive to place an issue on the November 2016 Ohio ballot,” OMM said in a statement.
“We make this decision with a heavy heart as we will surely disappoint our many volunteers, supporters and patient-advocates who invested considerable time and effort in our movement.
“It had become increasingly clear following the state legislature’s passage of a medical marijuana law on Wednesday that our ballot issue campaign had arrived at a critical juncture.
“With several hundred thousand signatures collected thus far, one option for our movement would have been to continue to pour our resources into obtaining the additional signatures needed to put the issue before voters.
“But the reality is that raising funds for medical marijuana policy changes is incredibly difficult, especially given the improvements made to the proposed program by the Ohio General Assembly and the fact that the Governor is expected to sign the bill.”
As someone who got a lot of grief online about my support of the Issue 3 ballot measure that was soundly defeated last year in Ohio, let me point out that Issue 3 was much better than the no-smokable-cannabis and no-home-growing law that patients in Ohio will likely be left with. Let us not forget that Issue 3 would have allowed any adult to grow 4 plants in their home as well as buy cannabis from one of over 1,000 retail shops for any reason.
But, you know, some people would have gotten rich from Issue 3. The irony is that not only will people be getting rich thanks to the legislature’s bill, but now they can worry less about the competition of home-growing than they would have under Issue 3.