Tag: marijuana law

Ohio’s General Assembly Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Yesterday the Ohio General Assembly completed its work on HB 523 by passing the final version of the bill to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The bill is now in front of Governor John Kasich, who has 10 days from passage to act on… Continue Reading “Ohio’s General Assembly Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana”

Ohio Senate Committee Amends Medical Marijuana Bill

Today I had the opportunity to offer testimony on H.B. 523 to the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee, which is considering the medical marijuana bill passed by the Ohio House last week. My testimony focused on the need for clarity as to… Continue Reading “Ohio Senate Committee Amends Medical Marijuana Bill”

Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

It’s official – Ohio is on its way to becoming the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. Today, May 10th 2016, the Ohio House approved a bill which allows for the use of marijuana in patients with qualifying medical conditions and a doctor’s recommendation. The legislation (House… Continue Reading “Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill”

A Big Change for Marijuana Regulation This Summer?

By mid-year the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) plans to reconsider marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I narcotic. In an April letter to several U.S senators, federal officials wrote that they hope to reach a “final determination” on rescheduling the drug – a decision that… Continue Reading “A Big Change for Marijuana Regulation This Summer?”

What’s next for the Ohio legalization movement? UPDATE

Last night Issue 3 tanked at the ballot box by basically at 64-36 margin, much to the disappointment of a few very wealthy people. Despite outspending their opponents almost 16-1, Issue 3 supporters could not manage to convince the Ohio electorate to adopt its vision… Continue Reading “What’s next for the Ohio legalization movement? UPDATE”

The Obama Administration and the War on Drugs

“The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws. We need to rethink how we’re operating the drug war.” – Then-Senate-Candidate Barack Obama, January 2004 “I don’t mind a debate around issues like decriminalization .… Continue Reading “The Obama Administration and the War on Drugs”

In Ohio, it’s Illegal To Drive a Car if You’ve Used Marijuana in the Last Two Weeks

Most people know that you can’t drive a car in Ohio if you’re drunk. Most people know that you can’t drive a car in Ohio if you’re high. What most people don’t know is that you can’t drive a car if you’ve used marijuana… Continue Reading “In Ohio, it’s Illegal To Drive a Car if You’ve Used Marijuana in the Last Two Weeks”

Marijuana as Medicine

With the news that there are two medical marijuana initiatives currently collecting signatures for inclusion on the Ohio ballot in November, I thought it might be a good idea to examine some of the science behind medical marijuana. This is certainly not a medical… Continue Reading “Marijuana as Medicine”