05.05.2016
policy

Ohio Is for Lightweights

Certainly bunk weed is not what Nick Lachey had in mind.

Medical marijuana hasn't even been legalized yet in Ohio, and already Buckeye State killjoys are finding ways to force citizens to tone down the buzz. State lawmakers in Columbus spent much of Wednesday wringing hope, joy, and a really strong body high out of House Bill 523—which is the state's creative name for its medical marijuana law.

From Cleveland.com:

Revisions planned for House Bill 523 specify marijuana could not be smoked or available in products attractive to children, such as gummy bears.
The revised bill also limits the amount of psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in marijuana plants and extracts.
The bill requires a THC content between 3 and 35 percent for plant material and no greater than 70 percent for extracts.

Historically, Ohio has presented some of the most confusing proposed cannabis regulations in the history of proposed cannabis regulations, which is, of course, a history of confused proposals.

Currently, for instance, does it make any sense to legalize medical marijuana consumption while simultaneously banning home cultivation? Of course that makes no sense at all. It's like Donnie Darko level of not making sense. Don't even start trying to unravel the complexities of the illogic behind the reasoning of Ohio's lawmakers.

Adding to the confusion, House Bill 523 is an entirely distinct mess from two separate proposed medical-marijuana ballot initiatives. And, to top off the Ohioan ball of confusion, a couple of un-united groups are pushing for an amendment to the state constitution codifying contrasting forms of weed legalization.

Maybe this state is not ready for the really good stuff.

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