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Hagan introduces medical marijuana bills

Published: Fri, May 3, 2013 @ 12:08 a.m.



By Marc Kovac



A state lawmaker wants Ohioans to be able to partake of marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes.

Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngs- town, D-58th, introduced legislation this week with hopes of following Colorado and Washington as pot-friendly states.

House Bill 153 would allow medical marijuana use, with qualifying users required to register with the state and obtain physician certifications.

Hagan also is offering a joint resolution that would place general marijuana use before voters. It would allow adults “to legally purchase, cultivate and use cannabis recreationally,” according to a press release.

“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” Hagan said in a released statement. “The new revenue the state receives from a marijuana tax could go a long way in restoring cuts to public education and our local governments. Such a significant question should be answered through a constitutional amendment on the ballot. This issue deserves a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote by the people.”

Neither proposal is expected to get much traction in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

“We have an extremely conservative general assembly right now,” said Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th.

Gerberry said he’s open to discussing medicinal marijuana use, but he has not committed to supporting it. He said marijuana has certain benefits for sick individuals, but getting House Bill 153 passed would be a challenge.

“This is the most conservative Legislature I have served with in the past 25 years, and based upon that, it would make passage very difficult,” said Gerberry.


1scrappy(20 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Medical purposes - YES, recreation purposes - NO. Do we want the younger generation watching their role models sitting around "smoking dope and jumping rope ? " Not a good idea.

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2misterlee(118 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The younger generation already sees adults drink alcohol. How is weed any different?

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3impdude(19 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Little early in the game to say what the benefits of tax revenues will bring. Reports are that now when having to pay taxes on their products profits are nose diving and select producers are claiming completion is lowering price points to where not the so called cash crop it once was. But take heed to reports that many jobs are going unfilled due to inability to pass drug screens. I personally don't want train, plane or motor operators using drugs on their day off because they paid taxes.

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4republicanRick(1731 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Bob Hagan is selfish, nutty, and all about ME, ME, ME.

He wants to ban fracking because he has an unfounded phobia that it will harm the water. Society and Youngstown will benefit but Kooky Bob says no.

Now he wants to legalize a drug for recreational purposes. Over 70% of Youngstown job applicants can't pass drug tests now in order to land a job. Bob wants to ease their pain by letting them get high, no matter the damage that would occur to society in general.

Kooky Bob is a menace to society. All he wants is what satisfies his selfish needs, society be damned.

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5republicanRick(1731 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Hey Vindy and Sweetwood, your headline is wrong and biased. Kooky Bob wants to legalize recreational use, not just medicinal use.

As usual, your headline is wrong and does not tell the truth. Give us the facts, not your constant liberal leanings.

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6misterlee(118 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Conservatives are the most hypocritical people in the world and you're all showing it here. You say you want government out of your lives but then want to regulate what chemicals a person can put in their body or what two consenting adults can do with each others bodies. You either want government out of your lives or you don't. Pick a side and leave the rest of us alone.

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7JoeFromHubbard(1803 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

When you look at all of the money and man power wasted to prosecute people for simple possession of marijuana and realize that the situation does not change, it's time to decriminalize possession.

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8republicanRick(1731 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Misterlee, I'll let you smoke dope if you give up any claim to welfare and food stamps. You can't partake of harmful habits and then expect money from me through the government. Fair enough?

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9misterlee(118 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

You are absolutely right!

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10PhilDeBowl(2 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
– Terence McKenna
“If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.” Terrance McKenna

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11misterlee(118 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Toy cannon,
WTF are you talking about? Unless you have an intelligent idea, you should probably keep quiet and not let your stupid show.

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12northsideart(111 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"Psssst. If you vote for me, I'll get you some weed."

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13redeye1(5657 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Misterlee In alochol you know what you are getting, but with weed there are some many things thrown into the mix that you don't what know you have until you smoke it. But by then, it might be just too late. But as i have stated before Hagan does nothing for anyone but for himself. His term is almost up in state Gov't . So he now looking for people to vote for him when he runs for another political office He's addicted to eating at the public trough.

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14cambridge(4131 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Ginger.....best of luck. It's a shame that so many cancer treatment centers are closing in this country due to resent legislation. Priorities.

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15kurtw(1821 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

So Bobbie Hagan is now in favor of legalizing recreational Marijuana use- What a Surprise?

The whole "medical marijuana" scam was just a "Trojan Horse" to make pot smoking acceptable to the mainstream. A typical left-wing trick. And what about lung damage caused by pot smoking- how is inhaling pot smoke any different from inhaling tobacco smoke- the lungs were designed to inhale oxygen, not smoke. Why give legal sanction to another practice injurious to health- we have enough already.

Republicans, stick to your guns and tell Bobbie and his tie-died sixties left over cronies to take a hike. If you don't it may be time to shop for a third party.

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16youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm actually for this. Hagan gets something right for once. The War on Drugs has been a massive failure and has led to nothing more than overcrowded prisons with nonviolent offenders as we continue releasing legitimate criminals of violent crimes out earlier and earlier.

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17kurtw(1821 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

For: Youngs......republican

A comment like yours coming from a self-declared Republican is a perfect illustration of why main-stream Republicans can't be relied upon to support Conservative Values- you sound like a Liberal Democrat to me in disguise pretending to be a Republican.(They're called "RINOS"- Republican in Name Only- and they're a lot of them around: Mitt Romney, John McCain, etc., the people who consistently lose elections for the Republican Party).

What we desperately need in this country is a Third Party as ardently committed to traditional values as the Dems are committed to overturning traditional values and replacing them with their own perverted belief system. At least the Dems- to give them credit- believe in something, however wrong-headed- the Republicans only seem to believe in being "nice" and "getting along" ("crossing the aisle" as loser John McCain likes to say).

A third Conservative Party would nicely balance the lefto Democrats. The Republicans could play the role of middle-ground Independents- The wishy-washy Swing Vote which would suit them very well.

P.S. Legalizing marijuana is a bad idea- no matter how much lefto pot heads like Bobbie Hagan and his aging flower kids would like to see it happen. For one thing, as I said in my post: you're encouraging people to inhale smoke and that's not very healthy- is it? Were trying desperately to deal with the health disaster caused by millions of people inhaling tobacco smoke- why do we want to encourage millions of people to inhale marijuana smoke. Does that make sense?

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18kurtw(1821 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Also, why not keep the distinction between "medicinal" and "recreational" marijuana alive. Granted pot may have some medical benefits but that doesn't mean it should be approved for everyday casual use. Opium has medical uses, too, and no one (I could be wrong here!) says it should be available over the counter.

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19Askmeificare(1226 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The baby boomer generation DESTROYED DESTROYED DESTROYED The United States of America!

Just say YES!

Yes to recreational and medical marijuana.

The milestone for denying marijuana was smashed and stepped upon by the free spirited bay boomer generation of "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll". This baby boomer generation DESTROYED DESTROYED DESTROYED The United States of America.

The baby boomers gave us a country of the entitlement mentality, the drug culture, excess, laziness, "I'm getting mine - you get yours", and on and on.

The baby boomers legalized drugs decades ago, but the decent and moral and tax paying fear of god folk have tried to save this country legally and now it has come to this- a yes or no vote.

I say vote yes.

AND if marijuana IS a gateway drug onto heroine and crack, well, just imagine how many souls with a sense of entitlement minds will go to waste- all offspring of the baby boomers. Hey it's what THEY wanted anyway.

So lets vote yes to marijuana and vote no to EVERY entitlement for the baby boomer generation- social security, health care, medicare/medicaid, pensions/retirement, etc..

The baby boomers either smoked up our country or spent their savings, spent it all in Vegas and Disney World and now they want U.S. TAXPAYERS to bail THEM out?!

See. The baby boomers continue to ruin this country. First with drugs and now economically.

What will you baby boomers do to ruin our country next?

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20PhilDeBowl(2 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

you might want to learn a little before you spout off. The end of prohibition of the healthful herb is comming to an end, 19 states have voted for MedMJ,and two states are outright legalizing, this was all done by a vote of the people,but I guess you figure it is some kind of commie left wing plot,Mmmm okey.And you are wrong about smoking cannabis,google Dr. Donald Tashkin,UCLA Cannabis and smoking research.
So basicly you are ignorant of the facts,scared about some imagined left wing plot,and a strong Republican,would have never guessed.

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