Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

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

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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