Drug Law

Ohio Could Soon Allow Organic Marijuana Farms

| by NORML
By "CannaBob"

Another example of cannabusiness being an important part of the economy.  Just be careful Ohio marijuana farmers, according to Melinda Haag, it’s still illegal.

yahoonews Medical marijuana measures have seen both success and failures across the United States. The nonprofit coalition is working with an Ohio attorney to sidestep obstacles similar ballot initiatives have encountered before placing the measure on the ballot next year. According to a release by the coalition, 73 percent of Ohioans favor cannabis regulation. If voters in the Buckeye State agree with the statistic, regulated medical marijuana farms and greenhouses would be created in the state. From a strictly fiscal standpoint, jobs and tax revenue could be a welcome shot in the arm to Ohio’s struggling economy.

Pending legislature measures in Ohio may mean the timing is right to allow controlled growth and use of organic marijuana. The rising cost of housing nonviolent inmates who have been convicted of growing even small amounts of cannabis has been a burden on municipalities and the state prison system. Newly appointed Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Director Gary Mohr stated in an interview published in the Columbus Dispatch that he supports measures to allow specific inmates to reduce their sentences by participating in substance abuse programs. While offering “good time” sentence reductions for substance abuse may not seem like a positive for supporters of organic or medical marijuana, it just may the change in attitude the group needs to succeed.

Ohio’s prisons are in dire financial straits, the controlled use of marijuana would eliminate the need to incarcerate those partaking in legalized use of the organic drug. Abuse and use are at different ends of the mental and physical spectrum. If you are 21 years old you can drink alcohol, but if you abuse the liquid drug and drive, then you go to jail. A similar philosophy could easily be applied to the controlled growth and sale of medical marijuana. Thousands of dollars in eradication efforts could be saved from local government budgets if such a law were to pass. If a medical prescription becomes available, illegal pot growers may soon become a thing of the past.