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Election: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana

  • by NORML November 8, 2017

    Cannabis PenaltiesAthens, OhioThe Athens Cannabis Ordinance – better known as “TACO” – to completely remove all penalties for possessing, cultivating, and gifting of up to 200 grams of marijuana was approved by voters on election day by a vote of 77 percent to 23 percent.

    In November 2016, four Ohio municipalities – Newark, Logan, Roseville, and Bellaire – passed similar depenalization ballot measures. Under Ohio state law, minor marijuana possession offenses are classified as a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a fine, but no jail time or criminal record.

    “Voters overwhelmingly approved of TACO because the continued criminalization of adult marijuana use is out-of-step with the views of the vast majority of adults in the United States, 64 percent of whom now endorse legalizing and regulating cannabis,” said Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director. “While politicians continue to drag their feet, citizens are showing leadership at the local and state level in jurisdictions where the ability to achieve marijuana reform is possible at the ballot box.”

    25 Responses to “Election: Ohio City Completely Depenalizes Marijuana”

    1. Evening Bud says:

      77% to 23″%–prohibitionists are definitely having a sad tonight.

      • Fitzmo says:

        And it’s not going to get any better. It’s encouraging to see the people taking this issue to the polls rather than waiting for career politicians to get off their backsides.

    2. Austin Baird says:

      Ohio just needs to legalize it and get it over with already

    3. Evening Bud says:

      This morning, on Morning Joe, Joe said that Hannity on Fox News spent six (6) seconds–SECONDS–on the election last night. It’s pretty apparent Fox News must keep its loyal watchers ignorant . . . It seems they’re very easily shaken. (Even my Fox-watching Mother-in-Law, I found out from my wife, occasionally switches over to CNN and MSNBC for actual news!!) Why would a network that is so obviously a propaganda organ for one major US political party be allowed to have a license?

      • Julian says:

        Because theres a war on Christmas, Bud! Not a War on drugs or poor people! At least thats what Fox “news” told me…

    4. ritttt says:

      It is amazing that people who watch fox news for the daily news are actually committing wilful ignorance while thinking that they are getting the real news, the correct news, the actual facts and the president of the united states verifies this to them every day! Damn I wish i was wrong about this.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        @ rittt,

        I feel your pain, honestly. But let’s not forget: the truth — the actual, honest-to-god truth of any given question or subject or topic — is real, and facts do matter in the real world.

        This is where we must keep our eye on the ball, and pursue the truth. Nobody is claiming to be a saint or a mystic here; all that’s required is a basic respect for the truth. You don’t need a halo or a title for that.

        We must not fall for the distractions of the alt-right freak show, and simply shrug, and say “Who knows?” If we do, we become their rubes and suckers. We do know.

        We know that any “information” that comes from the Trump swamp is propaganda and horseshit, categorically. We know that. We also know, those who choose to live in a fantasy world always do so at their own peril. Eventually, they will get their tails twisted; the real world doesn’t fuck around!

      • Huh says:

        Everyone loves weed friend. Relax

    5. Dennis R Mullins says:

      Dear Sir or Madam, hope Kentucky get in line with other states. I’m a Disable Veteran with Panic Attacks Agorphobia and also have son deemed Helpless child by Veterans adminstration. What can I do to get it on the ballot box,County,State! I know it’s a first step but maybe future generations will come to realize that it’s should be mainstream. I’m Retired from Department of Defense early and I know it’s the silent majority that must stand up, anything helps the helpless and Disable Veterans should me Mainstream. Sincerely Dennis Ray Mullins Retired Department of Defense World’s Airborne Air Assault Youngest Graduate of the 101ST Screaming Eagles ??

      • Dennis R Mullins says:

        Please due to the Privacy Act of 1973, I appreciate this to be confidential if not please remove my message. I have been suffering so long with Medical issues that one day if it were legalized, you never know if Dr prescribed it I be willing try anything than being stranded by Agorphobia and constant Panic Attacks. Sincerely, God Bless Everyone ??

      • Evening Bud says:

        Dennis, I feel for you. I’d suggest that you try to move out of Kentucky–except for the agoraphobia.

        A quick glance at NORML’s scorecard shows that your state has two GOPers (B+) and a Dem (B), who are sympathetic to those with medical afflictions; unfortunately, your state also has an F (McConnell) and 4 D’s (all Republicans).

        The good news is that even Republican-controlled states are slowly starting to move toward MMJ legalization. Hopefully, it won’t take too long.

    6. Julian says:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/national-republican-senatorial-committee-ends-joint-fundraising-agreement-with-roy-moore-campaign/2017/11/10/f393278c-c62e-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_alabama-215p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.4ff180069492

      What in the hell is going on over at Breitbart that creates monsters like Roy Moore who is apparently so full of hubris he thinks admitting to dating underaged girls wont affect the outcome of the election of Jeff Sessions former Senate seat?

      At this point I dont know what would be worse for the Republican identity or marijuana prohibition; if Moore wins or loses.

      Replacing our most prohibitionist Senator with a Democratic civil rights hero would be ideal. But between the Republican crosscheck program, caging minority votes and Gerrymandering still undecided in the Supreme Court I was resigned that a split vote meant Roy would win.

      But after what happened in Virginia and with this latest scandal I’m not so sure. Virginia has the crosscheck program and Republicans still lost.
      I still can’t believe it.

      • Julian says:

        And these women didn’t seek the press and theyre not out for money. Post investigators were just doing their job in Alabama and following a lead and it took 4 interviews before the woman admitted to being only 14 when Moore had a sexual encounter with her. Thats not legal even in backwoods Alabama.

        And no, that does NOT make Roy Moore like Mary and Joseph you lobotomized Moore supporters. When Jesus was born to young Mary people were lucky to live to their 30’s much less send their 14 year old daughters to school where they belong.

        This internal Republican war from Bannon is proving to be the best thing that ever happened to Democrats and marijuana reform.

        Of course Trump taints the Republican party even if he doesnt endorse a candidate. Or does. Or whatever disasterous thing he does from one minute to the next. Now R’s are too busy running from indictments and scandals to run for office. The Mercer backed candidates turn out to be so racist, so vulgar, uncompromising on gun policy or marijuana policy that even in the most gerrymandered, voter caging red districts in America that engaged, Democratic marijuana reformers have a real chance at winning.

        It’s sad we have to get this scared and angry to vote and participate. We should make voting mandatory to be American. But only after we put civics back in the core curriculum and educate our 14-year-olds because this nation has too many stupid people who can vote. Please prove me wrong Alabama.

      • Evening Bud says:

        In regards to your comment about the Virginia election, Julian, I have a strong suspicion that the Dem’s victories there this past week have something to do with that state’s new use of paper ballots. Democratic Governors should take notice. Republicans are afraid of fair, legitimate elections.

        It speaks volumes that the GOP has to resort to all these tricks in order to win some elections, including crosscheck and other voter suppression tactics. They know that in fair, legitimate elections and processes they wouldn’t have the hold they currently do in some of the states.

        • Julian says:

          True indeed Bud. Latest polls show the 2dimensional character and prosecutor-villain-pedophile Roy Moore down by 4 or 5 points. Amazing to watch establishment Republicans beg Sessions to take his old job back. Of course being AG for Big Pharma is apl he ever dreamed about. All he can think about is Dec 8th when the Rogeabacher-Blumenauer amendment expires and then we’ll be seeing crackdowns everywhere from pushing mmj patients out of their wheelchairs to busting Whole Foods for CBD oil!

          Here is a link to reach Representative Culverson who sits on the committee that decides wherher the Rohrabacher-Blunenauer amendment will continue to protect mmj patients and the commercial marijuana industry by denying funds to the DOJ for crackdowns:

          http://action.mpp.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23557

          What really stood out to me in Sessions’ testimony to Congress yesterday was how he was like “I don’t remember Russians but since you reminded me about me meeting Russians I would have remembered you reminding me because I remember pushing back on collusion in the election and thats why I remember not to remember.”

          WTF? Hubris! Sessions is going to get indicted.

          • Evening Bud says:

            Several members of congress, fortunately, noticed Sessions’ sudden memory jog too. Sessions seems to be as tangled in that scandal as those other slime balls. I know that we can’t depend on Sessions being too distracted by all of this stuff to concentrate on his prohibitionist wishes, but it is fun watching him squirm as he gets called out on his lies. Maybe he’ll be tempted to resign . . .

            • Julian says:

              Not until he gets indicted, Bud. Which Mueller has the power to consider since among Sessions’ many lies under oath he is NOT recusing himself from the Russia investigation, or even opening a pathetic attempt to distract Mueller with an illegal investigation of the Clinton Foundation. We’ll never see smoke without fire, revealed by desire to be a liar.

    7. Miles says:

      For now this seems like very good news.

      I still worry however since President Trump really seems to like Phillipine President Duterte who is responsible for 10s of thousands of murders of drug users and sellers; including user of marijuana.

      It is just disgusting that any American president could possibly embrace such evil… But then, Trump is no ordinary president and I’m sure we can all agree on that!

    8. Scott says:

      How cool for people who don’t have jobs to not have to worry about being charged with a crime, we know they can’t pay a fine. Now they can get high while living in the woods without worrying about society getting in the way. Wonder how they get the money to buy the “legal” pot, maybe robbing senior citizens at bus stops. Great job norml, the drug tested working man will pickup the tab, while bums get high

      • Julian says:

        If you took the time to review this webpage and participate in taking action on one of several links available on the ACT tab before biting the norml hand that feeds your desire to free workplace discrimination of marijuana consumers I would not have to post this comment and remind you of how lazy you are. Search with your heart and eyes, not with your lazy @$$.

      • Julian says:

        Alright, that was a bit “on the nose.” (Or up the @$$, whatever).
        Here’s a link for what NORML is doing to combat workplace discrimination of off-the-job marijuana consumers:

        http://blog.norml.org/2017/02/14/norml-forms-multi-state-workplace-drug-testing-coalition/

        You might be surprised at the progress being made. The case of Barbuto v. Adavantage Sales & Marketing in the SCJ Court of Mass. already awarded damages to a woman fired for off the job mmj consumption a couple of months ago. Anger and venting alone won’t get you the facts. We all have to search continuously for the truth.

        • Demonhype says:

          I only wish someone at Normal would answer me about this coalition. I am very interested in donating money, skill, and time to this in particular,but the post you linked is the only news I can get and no line will answer my emails–not even the Normal rep who asked me to send him a line in the comments of that post. There needs to be a lot more info and update on this, esp since out affects users and non-users.

          • Julian says:

            Give the guys some time to answer your email, Demonhype. They’re overworked and underpaid.

            Their email contacts were at the end of the post:

            For legal questions, please contact Coalition spokesperson Judd Golden at juddgolden@outlook.com. For other marijuana related questions or an interview, please contact Kevin Mahmalji at kevinm@norml.org.

            In my humble opinion Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing set a new bar for Federal courts. The award$ this woman walked off with alone get some raised eyebrows in the private insurance heirarchy. But it won’t add up to the kickbacks these workplace insurance carriers get from the piss-industry until we are prepared to encourage more law suits for workplace discrimination of off-the-job marijuana consumers.
            The most remarkable thing about the Barbuto case is that the SCJ Judge of Mass. not only referred to voter initiated law in the final statements, but used mmj amendments made by the state legislature to represent legislatively enacted law by “a majority of citizens.”
            That means that when prohibitionists got greedy and passed legislation to delay mj legalization in Mass., they were providing a federal judge precisely what was missing to defeat the supremacy clause in federal court; legislatively enacted marijuana law.

      • Don says:

        You are obviously an idiot because what else could explain that comment you made. I’ll bet you support the con artist known as Trump,

      • Evening Bud says:

        Scott, no comments on the “homeless freeloaders” using opioids or alcohol? Only pot? Your selective outrage automatically forfeits your opinion. You, Scott, are a prohibitionist hack.

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