Monday, June 8, 2015

Ohio LP rejects marijuana legalization initiative

Libertarians, Green Party oppose ResponsibleOhio's marijuana legalization plan |

May 29, 2015 - "ResponsibleOhio's plan to legalize marijuana through a limited number of commercial growers is being criticized by two staunch supporters of marijuana legalization -- the Green Party of Ohio and Libertarian Party of Ohio.

"The two groups join grassroots pro-pot groups in opposing ResponsibleOhio's proposed constitutional amendment, which would legalize marijuana for medical and personal use but limit commercial growing to 10 predetermined sites promised to wealthy campaign backers. ResponsibleOhio plans to put its constitutional amendment before Ohio voters in November.

"'There is nothing "responsible" about ResponsibleOhio, Libertarian Party of Ohio Political Director Tricia Sprankle said in a statement. 'This isn't a proposal to restore rights to Ohioans. It's a crony scheme to line the pockets of a few wealthy investors.'

"The libertarians have supported legalization for more than 30 years but cannot support 'the crony-capitalist nature' of the ResponsibleOhio plan, Sprankle said....

At least three other groups have proposed marijuana legalization plans that do not specify commercial grow sites:
  • Ohio Rights Group would legalize marijuana for medical use and allow industrial hemp farming. 
  • Ohioans to End Prohibition would allow the market to determine growth and sales of marijuana according to a newly created Division of Marijuana Control. 
  • Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis would free prisoners and expunge records in addition to allowing Ohio adults to grow up to 99 plants for personal use. 
"The Green Party is urging its members to support those three proposals. The Libertarian Party is reviewing the other amendments....

"Only the Ohio Rights Group, ResponsibleOhio and Better for Ohio are currently collecting the final batch of signatures to appear on the November ballot."

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