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Hagan ‘delayed support’ of new marijuana bill



Published: Tue, April 13, 2010 @ 12:42 a.m.

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Rep. Robert F. Hagan, D-Youngstown. (AP Photo/Larry Phillips)

By DAVID SKOLNICK

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

State Rep. Robert F. Hagan initially hesitated to co-sponsor a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio.

Hagan, D-60th, said he remembered false accusations on fliers by two organizations — The Liberty Committee of Independence, Ohio, and New Vision Youngstown — during his 2005 failed run for Youngstown mayor, that he introduced a bill to legalize marijuana.

Hagan’s bill, which died without a committee hearing, would have legalized marijuana for medical purposes only.

Hagan said he “delayed support” of the new proposal, concerned that people would misunderstand the bill’s language.

Hagan said he decided to co-sponsor the bill after state Rep. Kenny Yuko, the new bill’s main sponsor, introduced him to a group of people with multiple sclerosis, who urged his support.

Yuko, of Richmond Heights, D-7th, also has MS.

Hagan said the visit also made him think of his mother, who died in December.

“We upped the dose of morphine, quite a bit, to alleviate some of that pain,” he said Monday. “I asked my mother, after she had gone through radiation treatments and more medicine than anybody else should be able to handle, if she wanted marijuana.”

Hagan’s mother declined, but the legislator said legalizing medical marijuana would give others in a similar position an option.

Hagan said his father, who died about five years ago, also suffered through great pain during his final days.

“It’s about compassion,” he said of legalizing medical marijuana.

Even so, too many state legislators “fear” political backlash if they support the bill, meaning it won’t pass, Hagan said.

Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, and Senate President Bill Harris of Ashland, R-19th, don’t support it.

The bill would let doctor-certified medical marijuana users grow plants, and be in possession of no more than 200 grams of usable dried marijuana or 12 mature cannabis plants.

Hagan’s proposal allowed 1,000 grams of usable marijuana and 1,000 grams in living plant form.

Another problem is people don’t understand the proposal, Hagan said. He pointed to a headline on the front page of Monday’s edition of The Vindicator that reads: “Hagan bill to legalize marijuana fires up foes.”

“This is why it doesn’t go anywhere,” Hagan said, adding that the headline doesn’t say it would be doctor- prescribed marijuana for those with certain medical conditions. “This scares people.”

Fourteen states have legalized medical marijuana.


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1timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years ago

Legalize it ! This will (two) things. First it will help people with cancer,and glaucoma.Second it will lack the courts of this petty plant. It;s coming! It's just a matter of WHEN ?

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2ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 4 years ago

mj can be regulated the same as alcohol. At least my stomach wouldn't ache so much from the 4 vicodin a day it takes to control the pain from Fibromyalgia.

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3northsideart(110 comments)posted 4 years ago

@ ytownladydee

Hate to break it to you, but you can smoke the best weed all day and it won't take care of your pain nearly as well as the Vicodin. I'm all for legalizing weed and many other drugs, but there are a lot of half-truths being tossed around about marijuana right now.

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4sonnybivins(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

OHIO HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST PRIMITIVE THINKING STATES SINCE THE SPANISH INQUISITION. NOT ONLY HAVE THEY CURTAILED ALL EDUCATION. THEY ALSO HAVE THROWN OUT ALL INDICATIONS THAT PROGRESSIVE THINKING IS REQUIRED TO MOVE OHIO INTO THE FUTURE. THE REPUBLICIAN LED STATEHOUSE AND REV. STRICK IN THE GOVENORS OFFICE PROVES THAT EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY THINKING PREVAILS. LEGALIZE IT. IT IS FAR LESS HARMFUL THAN ALCOHOL. AND MORE PROFITABLE FOR THE STATE COFFERS. ONCE THEY FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE MONEY OFF IT. WATCH HOW FAST THEY PASS THAT LAW.

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5venuschild(21 comments)posted 4 years ago

Its time to stop delaying things Hagan, think of all the folks who would benefit from it NOW! Look at the other states and their laws, You could tax the crap out of it and raise state revenue, not to mention the extra space in the jails and the courts! you would free up lots of money for the state!

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6commoncitizen(949 comments)posted 4 years ago

Getting "weed" for his mother ?( I feel bad that she suffered but we have to follow the law), looks like another example of the politician being able to do something that the common citizen would get arrested for doing. Where was he going to get it?? If he has "connections" he should tell the police!!!! What a stupid thing for him to announce to the public.

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7henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 4 years ago

He doesn't have to have a "connection" to tell his dying mother that he will get it for her. All he has to do, like anyone else, is go to a bar and observe the patrons for a few minutes. It becomes obvious where the "connections are!

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8MalcolmKyle(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

We will always have adults who are too immature to responsibly deal with tobacco alcohol, heroin amphetamines, cocaine, various prescription drugs and even food. Our answer to them should always be: "Get a Nanny, and stop turning the government into one for the rest of us!"

Nobody wants to see an end to prohibition because they want to use drugs. They wish to see proper legalized regulation because they are witnessing, on a daily basis, the dangers and futility of prohibition. 'Legalized Regulation' won't be the complete answer to all our drug problems, but it'll greatly ameliorate the crime and violence on our streets, and only then can we provide effective education
and treatment.

The whole nonsense of “disaster will happen if we end prohibition” sentiment sums up the delusional 'chicken little' stance of those who foolishly insist on continuing down this blind alley. As if disaster wasn’t already happening. As if prohibition has ever worked.

To support prohibition is such a strange mind-set. In fact, It's outrageous insanity! --Literally not one prohibitionist argument survives scrutiny. Not one!

The only people that believe prohibition is working are the ones making a living by enforcing laws in it's name, and those amassing huge fortunes on the black market profits. This situation is wholly unsustainable, and as history has shown us, conditions will continue to deteriorate until we finally, just like our forefathers, see sense and revert back to tried and tested methods of regulation. None of these substances, legal or illegal, are ever going to go away, but we CAN decide to implement policies that do far more good than harm.

During alcohol prohibition, all profits went to enrich thugs and criminals. Young men died every day on inner-city streets while battling over “turf. We wasted a fortune on enforcement instead of on treatment. On top of the budget-busting prosecution and incarceration costs we also missed out on billions in tax. Finally the economy collapsed. Sound familiar?

In an underground drug market, criminals and terrorists, needing an incentive to risk their own lives and liberty, grossly inflate prices which are further driven higher to pay those who 'take a cut' like corrupt law enforcement officials who are paid many times their wages to look the other way. This forces many users to become dealers themselves in order to afford their own consumption. This whole vicious circle turns ad infinitum. You literally couldn't dream up a worse scenario even if your life depended on it. For the second time within a century, we've carelessly lost "love's labour" , and, "with the hue of dungeons and the scowl of night", have wantonly created our own worst nightmare.

So should the safety and freedom of the rest of us be compromised because of the few who cannot control themselves?

Many of us no longer think it should!

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9northsideart(110 comments)posted 4 years ago

@ MalcolmKyle

Great post.

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10DorkusMalorkus(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

@NoBS

Yes i do defend smoking tobacco with as much fervor as smoking marijuana. It is my body, don't tell me what to do with it. I am a responsible adult who smokes marijuana in my home. "What business is it of yours what I do, read, buy, see or take into my body as long as I don't harm another human being whilst on this planet?" (Bill Hicks)

And as far as impaired pot smokers go, i have a feeling you have no idea what being high on marijuana is like. Do you honestly think that being high on marijuana has the same effects as drinking alcohol? IT IS NOT THE SAME; driving a car high on marijuana is nowhere near as dangerous as driving drunk. Pain pills are worse when driving, IMO.

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11mmyers46(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Just one question to all the defenders of legalized marijuana: Do you defend smoking tobacco with as much fervor as you do smoking marijuana?"

There's no need to do so. Despite the 450,000 deaths it causes in the US every year, tobacco is legal. Apparently, if US citizens choose to kill themselves with cigarettes, it's fine with the government as long as the tobacco taxes get paid.

Marijuana, on the other hand, has not killed a single human being in 5,000 years of recorded history of its use. Marijuana doesn't cause cancer (http://ccrmg.org/journal/05aut/nocanc...). In fact, people who use marijuana have fewer instances of lung cancer than people who don't. Cigarette smokers who also smoke marijuana have fewer instances of lung cancer than cigarette smokers who don't.

Yes, I defend people's right to smoke tobacco. It's a matter of personal freedom, though I wish people were smart enough to not do it. If Americans have the right to use a drug (tobacco) that will kill a third of its users, shouldn't they have to right to use one that is far, far safer (http://www.saferchoice.org) than our current legal recreational drugs, alcohol and tobacco?

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12DorkusMalorkus(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on personal freedom and we have to keep that in mind at all times. - Bill Hicks

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13TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 4 years ago

How brilliant of HAGAN to remove the POT card from Donnie the TURD.

http://www.vindy.com/news/2010/apr/11...

Hagan took the only item the TURD could talk intelligently about.

Donnie the Turd drug possession charges

http://courts.mahoningcountyoh.gov/pa...

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14realife(2 comments)posted 4 years ago

I find the comments by the dope smokers and so-called personal freedom advocates to be just so much self-centered BS. If we all lived in a vacuum and I did not have to pass, see, or have anything to do with you hemp-heads then I would say have at it. But don't try to tell us that MJ does not cause immediate and permanent cranial cavity harm and impairment to the users, their kids, their kids to be, and everyone else that they blow their foul stench upon. Not to mention the continued dumbing down and general regression in American society that will be accelerated should medical MJ be the law of Ohio. It is already out of control in California and new addiction rates are through the roof. If it becomes legal, then do we let employees lite 'em up at work so they can relieve their tummy aches during the day? It will be within their medical rights to do so! Can't smoke tobacco, but toke on all the reefer you want! Like I don't have it hard enough hiring people that don't have cheesed brains now! And little Bobby Hagan offering doobies to his mother when the morphine wasn't kicking in?!! What a load of crap and what an ass he is!! Hagan and Hanni - dumb and dumber. When is the Mahoning Valley going to ever stop electing such morons and half-wits? These guys are pathetic losers. God help us!

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