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Backers of Failed Ohio Legalization Effort Announce 2018 Push

The backers of a cannabis legalization measure that Ohio voters roundly rejected in 2015 are giving the effort another go, unveiling a plan to put a new legalization initiative on the state’s November 2018 ballot.

The co-founders of ResponsibleOhio are back, this time with a ‘free market’ measure.

Cincinnati investor Jimmy Gould and business partner Ian James of Columbus, co-founders of the legalization group ResponsibleOhio, announced on Monday the proposed “Free Market Adult Consumption of Marijuana” ballot measure, which would legalize cannabis for adults over 21, allow home cultivation, and establish a licensing system for retail sales.

The group has until early July to collect valid signatures from 305,592 registered voters to qualify the constitutional amendment for November’s election.

Unlike ResponsibleOhio’s 2015 measure, which was written to limit commercial cultivation to 10 preselected sites owned by campaign investors, the new initiative would establish a free-market system without “self-selection,” Gould said at a press conference earlier this month. Voters rejected the 2015 initiative by a 2-to-1 margin.

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Never Say Never Again

Immediately following the failed 2015 campaign, which would have legalized both medical and adult-use cannabis, ResponsibleOhio said it would seek to put the issue on the ballot in 2016. Months later, however, Gould reversed course, saying the group was dead and that the state Legislature would be the best route to legalize medical cannabis.

Lawmakers indeed went on to pass a medical bill, which Gov. John Kasich signed in June 2016. A company headed by Gould and James, CannAscend, applied for one of the state’s 12 large-grower licenses but wasn’t among those selected by regulators last month. According to a Dayton Daily News report, the company’s license application “was disqualified for an unknown reason.”

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A day later, at a news conference, Gould criticized what he said were “fatal flaws” in the selection process and announced that he and several other unsuccessful applicants were considering legal action. CannAscend further called the selection process into question when the company revealed that a state medical marijuana consultant, Trevor Bozeman, who helped score the applications, was convicted of a cannabis crime in 2005 as a 21-year-old university student.

The state’s Commerce Department, for its part, has defended the selection process.

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Homegrow Yes, Public Consumption No

A document circulated at Monday’s press release highlighted details of the plan, the Dayton Daily News reports:

* Would allow for legal cultivation, possession, processing and dispensing by people 21 or older.

* Would not impact the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program.

* Would not allow for public consumption.

* You can grow your own marijuana, but cannot sell it without a license.

* Cities, townships, etc. can approve the number of commercial marijuana businesses that may be permitted to operate in their community.


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Ohio Criticized for Marijuana Consultant’s Past Drug Conviction

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is facing criticism for hiring a consultant with a drug conviction to help select Ohio’s medical marijuana growers.

At issue is a 2005 guilty plea in Pennsylvania by consultant Trevor Bozeman at age 20 to charges of manufacturing, possessing and distributing drugs. A marijuana possession charge was dropped.

Jimmy Gould, CEO of CannAscend, an unsuccessful applicant, publicized Bozeman’s arrest to protest the selection process.

Bozeman was one of three consultants the state selected to help grade the grower applications. The consultants worked with state employees to select the growers. Phone and email messages were left with Bozeman on Wednesday.

Last week, Ohio selected 12 large growers for a total of 24 licenses. Jimmy Gould, CEO of CannAscend, an unsuccessful applicant, publicized Bozeman’s arrest on Tuesday to protest the selection process.

Republican state Auditor David Yost, a candidate for attorney general, on Wednesday called for the grower selection process to be stopped and reviewed. Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a fellow Republican running for governor, said no grower licenses should be awarded until the process is reviewed.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat running for governor, called the issue a misstep and a disappointment.

“This was a careful, fair process which we fully and extensively explained in advance and are glad to do it again to anyone with questions or concerns.”

Stephanie Gostomski, Commerce Department spokesperson

The Department of Commerce, which oversees the medical marijuana selection process, resisted calls for removing Bozeman, who has been paid $6,061 to date for scoring grower applications.

Those applications were reviewed by more than 20 people with equal influence, with growers selected by consensus, said Commerce spokesman Stephanie Gostomski.

Growers addressed questions on five separate sections of the application, and teams of three were assigned to review one of those sections per application, Gostomski said. No individual consultant had authority to approve a grower’s application.

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Consultants met standards spelled out in their contracts, and rejected applicants are free to appeal, Gostomski said.

“This was a careful, fair process which we fully and extensively explained in advance and are glad to do it again to anyone with questions or concerns,” she said.

The state will use the consultants next to help score applicants for the medical marijuana processors.

Winning applicants plan to build their facilities across the state, from the tiny Appalachian village of Mount Orab to the tire manufacturing hub of Akron in industrial northeast Ohio.

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Charles Bachtel is CEO of Cresco Labs Ohio LLC, one of the growers selected by Ohio. He also has contracts in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Ohio’s medical marijuana program is the best the company has seen so far, Bachtel said Wednesday.

The state says the sites will be indoor, high-security, regulated businesses and won’t be recognizable as growing facilities from the outside.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law, passed last year, allows people with medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy to buy and use marijuana if a doctor recommends it. It doesn’t allow smoking.


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Ohio Picks 12 Large Growers for Medical Cannabis Program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The tiny village of Mount Orab and the city of Akron are among diverse locations of the 12 large growers Ohio picked Thursday to participate in its medical marijuana program.

In announcing the large cultivators and a final small grower, the state rounded out the list of 24 companies authorized to produce medicinal crops under a new system expected to go live by September. Ohio is the 25th state to legalize medical cannabis.

Large growers paid $20,000 to apply to operate sites up to 25,000 square feet. Initial license fees were $180,000 and renewals will cost $200,000 annually.

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Spokeswoman Stephanie Gostomski said all of the sites will be indoor, high-security, regulated businesses — not outdoor farms or even the type of traditional greenhouses that Ohioans might envision.

“As you drive by, you won’t necessarily know these are grow facilities,” she said.

The state has offered the maximum number of licenses that it was allowed.

The companies have nine months to get their businesses operational, and a state team must visit their facilities before they get a certificate that allows them to grow, she said.

Some local governments have instituted moratoriums on growing or dispensing medical marijuana, but the department isn’t aware of any such conflicts with the locations for the selected smaller growers. One of the businesses, Harvest Grows LLC, submitted applications for two locations — one in Hamilton Township in Lawrence County, and one in Cleveland. It will have 10 days to pick between the two.

Ohio’s medical marijuana law, passed last year, allows people with medical conditions such as cancer and epilepsy to buy and use cannabis if a doctor recommends it. It doesn’t allow smoking.

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The state has offered the maximum number of licenses that it was allowed.

Ohio accepted 185 total applications, which are evaluated based on their plans for business, operations, quality assurance, security and finances.

Among those selected Thursday, the top-scoring applicant was Buckeye Relief LLC, of Eastlake in Lake County. The other large growers chosen are:

  • Grow Ohio Pharmaceuticals LLC in Newton Township, Muskingum County
  • OPC Cultivation LLC in Huron, Erie County
  • Riviera Creek Holdings LLC in Youngstown
  • Pure Ohio Wellness LLC in Springfield
  • Columbia Care OH LLC in Mount Orab, Brown County
  • Terradiol Ohio LLC in Canton
  • AT-CPC of Ohio LLC in Akron
  • Standard Wellness Company LLC in Gibsonburg, Sandusky County
  • Cresco Labs Ohio LLC in Yellow Springs
  • Parma Wellness Center LLC in Parma
  • Harvest Grows LLC
  • Farkas Farms LLC in Grafton, Lorain County


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Election 2017: The Cannabis Races We’re Watching Closely

Statewide Measures

New York

Voters in New York will have the chance to vote on a constitutional convention question on this year’s ballot. Voting yes would trigger a constitutional convention, which would allow changes to be proposed to the state Constitution. Voters would be then able to weigh in on those changes in a November 2019 election.

A constitutional convention could open the door for the statewide legalization of adult-use cannabis via a change to the state’s Constitution, although the likelihood of that change is less than certain, and the change wouldn’t take place for several years.

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If voters were to approve the convention, the process would begin in 2018 with the election of more than 200 delegates, with three representing each of the state’s 63 Senate districts and an additional 15 individuals from anywhere in the state.

Citywide Measures

Detroit, Michigan

Voters in Wayne County will decide the fate of Proposal A and Proposal B, both of which would amend current medical marijuana laws.

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Proposal A would change the Detroit City Code to require a dispensary to be at least 500 feet from another dispensary and a religious institution, down from the current requirement of 1,000 feet. Proposal A would also allow dispensaries near alcohol retailers, child care centers, arcades, and parks. Under Proposal A, dispensaries would be allowed to stay open until 9 p.m., extending the current required closing time by one hour.

Proposal B, meanwhile, would allow growers and secure transporters to establish and operate within Detroit’s industrial districts (zoned M1-5) and business districts (zoned B1-5).

Athens, Ohio

The Athens Cannabis Ordinance would reduce penalties for cannabis misdemeanors to a fine of $0, effectively “depenalizing” low-level cannabis possession, cultivation, and gifting. Marijuana misdemeanors affected would include:

  • Possession of up to 200 grams of marijuana and up to 10 grams of hash
  • Cultivation of up to 200 grams of marijuana
  • Gifts of up to 20 grams of marijuana
  • Possession and sale of paraphernalia

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Gubernatorial Races

New Jersey Governor

New Jersey’s gubernatorial race will pick a replacement for current Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who’s lashed out against both medical and adult-use cannabis legalization—most recently in a report to the Trump administration.

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From a cannabis perspective, the stakes couldn’t be higher: While either candidates would likely be an improvement over Christie, Democratic nominee Phil Murphy, who currently leads the race, wants to legalize cannabis for adult-use. His opponent, Republican Kim Guadagno—currently Christie’s lieutenant governor—does not. She’s said she’s “wholly opposed to legalizing marijuana”—although she’s indicated support for limited decriminalization and some expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program.

Virginia Governor

Currently holding a narrow lead in the polls is Democratic nominee Ralph Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, who has said he supports medical marijuana and would make a push for decriminalizing the drug if he’s elected. He’s called the state’s current enforcement and sentencing laws “costly and disproportionately harmful to communities of color.”

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Northam’s opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, is more sluggish about reform. He’s said he opposes decriminalization because it “sends the wrong signal” to young people, but he said he would support a three-strikes approach that would remove criminal charges for the first and second offenses. By then, he told a crowd in Richmond in September, “you really should know better.” On medical use, Gillespie is similarly half-committed: He’s said he supports “limited, tightly regulated” use of cannabis for some medical conditions.


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Ohio Picks 11 Smaller Growers for Medical Marijuana Program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has chosen its first 11 growers for its medical marijuana program, but it could be months before they can start their first crop.

The smaller growers announced Friday by the Department of Commerce would cultivate up to 3,000 square feet. That’s a small portion of the anticipated cultivation. Up to a dozen larger growers for sites up to 25,000 square feet are expected to be announced later this month.

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The 11 chosen growers applied for sites in Butler, Clinton, Fairfield, Franklin, Lorain, Lucas, Meigs, Montgomery, Portage, Stark and Summit counties. Two companies applied for multiple locations and must decide on one.

These companies will get provisional licenses but can’t immediately begin growing cannabis. They must first get their businesses operational and have a state team visit their facilities.


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Ohio Picks 2 Vendors to Ramp up Medical Marijuana System

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A pair of vendors has been selected to develop Ohio’s seed-to-sale, medical marijuana tracking system and its online licensing system.

The Ohio Department of Commerce said Tuesday that it competitively selected Metrc, a Franwell company, to develop and build the program’s digital tracking infrastructure. Metrc received a $1.2 million contract to build an integrated system for tracking medical marijuana through cultivation, processing, testing and sale.

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Persistent Systems Inc. won a $574,000 contract to design and build the e-licensing system for tracking the Ohio licenses required of marijuana growers, processors, testing labs and their employees.

Ohio’s law allows people with 21 medical conditions, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy, to buy and use marijuana after getting a doctor’s recommendation.

The law launching in September 2018 doesn’t allow smoking.


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Inside Report: Ohio Campaign Goes Medical-Only, Vermont Makes Strides Toward Adult Use, and Switzerland Eyes Cannabis Clubs

Ohio’s initiative efforts are heating up, but organizers are shifting from their goal of full legalization to a purely medical program. Iowa and Utah are looking to seize a rare chance to allow limited medicinal use in their deep-red states. Switzerland hopes to start a pilot program for cannabis social clubs in four lucky Swiss cities. And cannabis cultivation is going Down Under.

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Arkansas

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has a history of rejecting cannabis initiatives, but for the first time since she came into her position, Rudtledge has approved the language for a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize cannabis in the conservative Midwestern state. Not to be confused with the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, another medicinal cannabis initiative that’s been gathering signatures since 2014, the latest proposal comes from Little Rock attorney David Couch and is dubbed The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment of 2016. Couch had submitted ballot language for the measure three times before it won approval. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment will need to gather 67,887 signatures in order to qualify for the November ballot. The Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act already has a head start.  

Ohio

Ohio’s legalization efforts are moving forward, but forward in a slightly different direction. Legalize Ohio 2016 announced this week that the campaign will join forces with a medical marijuana initiative movement spearheaded by the Marijuana Policy Project. “We must put aside our differences and do our best to live up to the expectations of the sick and dying citizens of Ohio,” Legalize Ohio said in a statement to supporters. “There is no more time to waste.” A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 74 percent of Ohioans support medical legalization, a good sign for the upcoming ballot measure.

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Oregon

There are three major bills on the docket to improve Oregon’s legal cannabis market. House Bill 4904 provides legal protection to banks and credit unions that offer financial services to cannabis-related companies. Senate Bill 1511 would combine medical and recreational shops into one entity and allow recreational outlets to offer untaxed cannabis for medical patients, similar to the system Washington state is implementing. And HB 4014 would eliminate the in-state two-year residency requirement, which was initially intended to protect small marijuana businesses, but has prevented the influx of much-needed equity investment from sources outside the state.

Iowa

Iowa passed legislation last year to allow patients with epilepsy to use and possess cannabidiol oil (CBD) with the recommendation of a doctor. But like so many CBD-only states, Iowa failed to include a provision to allow the legal production or distribution of CBD oil to qualified patients. A new bill in the House could change that. House Study Bill 607 would allow production and distribution in the state itself, but would only cover three qualifying conditions: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and terminal cancer. The bill passed through committee and is now headed to a full House vote.

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Utah

Utah’s Senate passed SB 73 by a nose, on a 15–13 vote. The measure would allow qualifying patients to use cannabis edibles, extracts, and oils. A narrower competing bill, SB 89, passed on an 18–8 vote. Sen. Mark Madsen (R-Saratoga Springs), the author and sponsor of SB 73, already had to reword the language of his bill to remove access to whole plant cannabis, which essentially earned a pass from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, albeit not an actual endorsement.

Vermont

Vermont may legalize recreational cannabis sooner rather than later, becoming the first state to legalize through the legislative process rather than a voter initiative. With the newfound support of the state attorney general, S.241 sailed through the Senate Judiciary and Finance Committee. It won initial approval from the full Senate on Wednesday, and a second vote is expected later this week. If the Senate passes the bill, it will head to the House for scrutiny by a number of committees. Gov. Peter Shumlin has promised his signature.

Wyoming

The state Senate is wrestling with how to regulate marijuana edibles. And by “regulate,” it means outlaw. The Senate voted to advance Senate File 96, which would make possession of more than three ounces of cannabis-infused edibles a felony. Lawmakers can’t decide potency details or how to measure the concentration of the cannabis in the edibles, however. Sen. Cale Case (R-Lander) proposed an amendment that would allow defendants to argue that their stash of edibles actually contained less than three ounces of raw cannabis material. The amendment failed.

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International News

Australia

The Australian Parliament just took a monumental step forward in cannabis policy reform. Amendments to the Narcotics Drug Act will now allow the growth and manufacture of products for medicinal use within the country, actions that previously were forbidden. The New South Wales government is in the process of setting up clinical trials on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, but ran into a problem when it came to sourcing cannabis. Due to restrictions in the Narcotics Drug Act, cannabis products would have to be imported from outside the country, likely from Europe, which would limit the supply and could compromise the trials.

Switzerland

Cannabis clubs could be coming soon to four Swiss cities. A pilot program is seeking to open social clubs for members to consume cannabis freely in Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Geneva. If enacted, the program would allow an estimated 2,000 citizens to use cannabis legally. That might not meet demand: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen recently reported that more than 500,000 Swiss residents regularly consume cannabis. Cannabis is decriminalized in Switzerland, and possession of up to 10 grams is punishable by a civil fine of 100 Swiss francs ($99). The four-year project still needs approval from local governments before it can take effect.

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