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Hagan introduces medical marijuana bills



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

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By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

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.


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1scrappy(20 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks 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 11 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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3commoncitizen(949 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Do you really want someone working beside you that is "high" and their job depends on your safety? (sure the same can be said about alcohol but at least you can smell that on their breath). I can somewaht agree on the medicinal portion of the bill BUT there are prescrition meds for most that.
Why not leagalize PROSTITUTION -it's been leagal in Nevada for years. The State can make tax money from that also
What else can the State tax so it can make money?? Watch what you wish for!!!

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4impdude(19 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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5theguins(158 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Fracking bad for your health. Smokin dope good for your health. I guess that about sums up Bobby's government legislation.

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6misterlee(118 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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(875 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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8gdog4766(1254 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

The one post above asks whether you would want someone responsible high on the job. States that already allow pot use regulate it just like booze. The court have warned that your employer has every right to fire you if you are high on the job. Never used pot, but never saw an episode of cops where some woman stated that her man smoked a joint and then kicked her butt. Booze has ruined a lot of lives and wrecked families and yet it's been everywhere for years.

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9theguins(158 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

misterlee,

Conservatives have never wanted government out of our lives. They only want their form of government in everyones life...

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10misterlee(118 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Guins,
You are absolutely right!

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11PhilDeBowl(2 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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12misterlee(118 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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13Not_Gilligans_Ginger(107 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Misterlee is right! Alcohol, although legal, IS where most teens get their start with drugs that alter. Alcohol is a drug but look all the ads for alcohol. Also, as a cancer survivor, I can honestly tell you that Rx marijuana would have been a blessing during my chemotherapy treatments. The day after every treatment I was given an injection of Neulasta to boost my white blood cell count. The effects of it began the next day... Extreme joint pain, muscle aches. The breast cancer rate in our area is one of the highest in the nation not to mention all the other types that seem to be increasing in our area. I go back to my oncologist on 6/13... would anyone like to go with me to see the huge waiting room filled with patients?

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14northsideart(110 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

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

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15Knightcap(606 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I wish the Vindy would stop using Hagan's high school graduation picture.

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16cambridge(2918 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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17kurtw(762 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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18youngspartanrepublican(86 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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19bayeranton(4 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Medical’ Marijuana: 10 Health Benefits
Alzheimer's disease,Epilepsy,Multiple sclerosis,Glaucoma,Arthritis ,Depression Anxiety,Hepatitis C,Morning sickness,Cancer, HIV/AIDS and chemotherapy
Marijuana: Why Is It Illegal Again?
Medical marijuana may be beneficial for everyone's health, but it's not very healthy for the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies. And unfortunately for Americans in need of a cheap, all-natural alternative medicine, the pharmaceutical industry is the biggest industry in America with powerful connections in high places. And they don't like marijuana. At all.

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20JS(460 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Well I am ready! Financial backing is in place to establish a gay wedding chapel and apothecary to distribute medical wacky weed. This should cover the basics of what is in demand today. If Bob is our first customer he gets the free deal.

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21kurtw(762 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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22kurtw(762 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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23Askmeificare(667 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks 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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24PhilDeBowl(2 comments)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

@kurtW,
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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