Mabel Chamblin Michael R Jones Marie I Simmons Ray Johnson One thing to remember this President’s Day Adams County Deer Harvest down over 21% MLSD amends five-year budget, prepares for future with power plant closings Lady Dragons triumph in sectional opener Lady Hounds eighth graders capture SHAC Tournament title Gary L Fetters Sr Boys Sectional brackets released ‘We’re only as good as the way we treat others’ Another round of smiles Adams County Board of DD members recognized Terry L Unger 8th Grade Lady Devils ousted in tourney semis WU’s McCarty signs with Ohio Christian Joyce A Huddleson Carolyn Spires BREAKING NEWS: Peebles police search for man accused of selling marijuana-laced sweets Decision Time BBN Senior Profile: Summer Grundy Lady Devils fall to Southeastern, 56-48 Devils outlast Manchester 47-44 in double overtime Peebles holds second Hall of Fame Ceremony Senior Profile: Patrick England Sowards hits 1,000, ties PHS three-point mark County agencies prepare for sweeping budget cuts Manchester Council votes to cut police chief’s hours Wrestling debuts in Adams County Peebles Library hosts book signing As plants power down, community must step up Raymond P Dryden Alva Palmer Billie L Shoemaker Judith Long Brent A Arn Girls basketball sectional pairings announced WU’s Weeks will continue gridiron career at next level West Union JH Boys drop pair at Ripley Eighth Grade Lady Hounds roll into SHAC semi-finals Janet A Kennedy DP&L moving ahead with plans to close power plants Outreach Center in Peebles is a hub of giving River Sweep contest winners announced Gordley hits 1,000 mark, but Indians drop crucial SHAC contest to Lynchburg Manchester lifters compete at Piketon Senior Profile: Madelyn Sanders Charles L Hurd Randy Casto Bobby Strunk Dorothy J Scott Chester A Lanter Coach David Smalley picks up 500th career win at Rio Grande Dustin Holbrook Senior Profile: Camron Gordley As usual, optimism abounds on 2017 Reds Caravan Breeze, Beasley newest members of NAHS Athletic HOF Two humble men Adams County Manor Home Health Care makes road to recovery easier Don and Venita Bowles named as Outstanding Fair Supporters ‘Tip off For Tammy’ is a huge success, joint effort by two schools Husted campaign makes stop in Peebles Benefit held for double-lung transplant recipient I loved that muddy water, building in the creek Margaret E Broughton Larry A Hanson DP&L press release confirms closing of power plants Eighth grade girls showdown lives up to hype, North Adams wins in overtime, 45-43 Senior Profile: Raeanna Stamm North Adams Football sign-ups coming soon North Adams JV girls go 11-4 with win over Peebles Harper wins MaxPreps/JJHuddle Athlete of the Week West Union duo headed to the college gridiron Lady Devils make it 11 straight with win at Peebles Adams County residents attend Trump Inauguration A Look back at our Archives Peebles native comes home to film documentary Ohio Valley Wrestling Cub hosting home match on Jan. 31 Ruth A Branscome Velma Hughes Carol L Lewis Betty L Greiner Devils top New Boston 63-53 in finale of Coach Young Classic Lady Devils rout Eastern Pike in Young Classic Indians bounce back with 67-59 win over East OHSAA Baseball Pitch Count Regulation approved for 2017 At the buzzer, Rothwell gives Dragons an overtime win Greyhounds fall to Portsmouth Lady Indians roll past West Union 80-29 From Division II to the Senior Bowl COSI On Wheels visits West Union Elementary News from the Peebles PTO NAJH Basketball hosting ‘Play For The Cure’ Jan. 28 North Adams Elementary recognizes Students and Staff Members of the Month for December Honoring a coaching legend Benefit will assist double-lung transplant patient Peebles to be featured in new documentary Cleaning the stables-the worst job on the farm Wenstrup reselected to serve on House Intelligence Committee

Issue 3 soundly defeated by voters

Even though supporters of legalized marijuana out spent their opponents 20-1, voters across Ohio soundly rejected Issue 3 at the polls on Tuesday. However, supporters have already begun work to bring the proposal back to the ballot in 2016. Proponents of the legislation say they will pursue a more conventional legalization plan that doesn’t give exclusive growing right to private investors.

Leaders of the Responsible Ohio (RO) movement say they will not give up on the campaign to legalize the drug in Ohio. RO Executive Director Ian James issued the following statement, “We trust the voters. We started the conversation, and we’re going to continue the conversation starting tomorrow. The status quo doesn’t work, it’s unacceptable and we’re not going away. All the things we’ve fought for are true. Ohioans still need treatment and deserve compassionate care. And our state needs the jobs and tax revenue that marijuana legalization will bring.” Polls conducted before the election revealed that the majority of Ohio voters do support marijuana legalization, but were opposed to the establishment of a monopoly in the state’s constitution. That opposition resulted in Issue 3 failing by almost a 2 to 1 margin.

“A vote no on issue 3 is a vote against big money and a vote for our kids,” said Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers, “with issue 3 you just had to follow the money to know what was going on.”

Ohio voters voiced their objections loud and clear by casting their votes to ban constitutional monopolies that would create a state of limited competition in which the market is shared by a small number of growers. The passage of Issue 2 prevents monopolies being written into the state’s constitution by individuals seeking to promote their own private economic interest, or to reward individuals or groups who fund ballot initiatives, such as Issue 3.

Curt Steiner, campaign director for Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, released the following statement:

“I wish to acknowledge that a number of voters on the side that didn’t prevail tonight have strong feelings about a couple of issues in particular: legal reform – and the availability of medical marijuana. Those issues got overshadowed during this debate. Overshadowed by the brazen nature and far-reaching extent of the statewide money grab attempted by Issue 3 backers — an attempt voters concluded was, in this instance, an unsavory abuse of the ballot issue process.”

Despite the crushing defeat of Issue 3, several state lawmakers, including Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger-R (District 91), who have been staunchly opposed to legalization now say it is probably time to look at legalizing medical marijuana.

“After going through this process, myself and many of my colleagues realize there’s tremendous support for medical marijuana and something we should have a bigger discussion about,” said Rep. Ryan Smith, R-(District 93).

Medical marijuana has been proven effective for people with various debilitating diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTST), hypothyroidism, alcoholism, anorexia, anxiety disorders, arthritis, asthma, angina pectoris, lyme disease, lymphoma, Lou Gehrig’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, malignant melanoma, hemophilia-A, Grave’s disease, epilepsy, gastritis, headaches, Tourette’s Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, HIV, nerve pain, and glaucoma, and many more.

The four other states that have legalized marijuana – Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington – first established programs to permit people to get medical marijuana to treat illnesses.

Issue 3 asked Ohioans to make a huge jump from prohibition to full legalization.

University of Cincinnati Political Science professor David Niven said, “We are not California. We’re not the vanguard of hippiedom, It’s a leap to go from no legal marijuana to full legal marijuana.”

Ohioans were clearly not ready to make that leap, though there are indications that they are willing to consider medical marijuana.

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Lawmakers consider medical marijuana on 2016 ballot

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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