Pamela M Hampton Former county sheriff celebrates 80th birthday Missing Adams County man is found Lady Hounds fall to Whiteoak in slugfest Calvert’s walk-off gives Hounds 9-8 win over Whiteoak Charles A Benjamin Give My Regards to Broadway Joyce Berry Joe L Easter William E Foster Margaret Belcher John M Cheatham Ronnie Simpson Under new management county hospital is thriving against all odds Historic fairground gazebo demolished One year later, still no arrests in Rhoden family murders There will be trouble in River City! Monna L Fitzgerald Jesse Carrington Janice M Sowards Rhoden family members make plea for tips in Pike Co murders of loved ones Quilting – the art that’s no longer just for Grandma Young is Adams County recipient of Franklin B. Walter All-Scholastic Award Wenstrup recognized as Community Health Advocate Ready, set, go! 25th annual Egg Hunt draws hundreds Applicants needed for Adams County Fair Queen Humane Society encourages responsible animal ownership ACCS holds annual Science Fair Peebles Elementary names March Students of the Month Pierce fires perfect game as Peebles blanks West Union Hunters preparing for 2017 Wild Turkey Season Lady Hounds fall 12-3 at Lynchburg Dragons lose early lead, drop SHAC match up with Fayetteville, 13-6 Senior Profile: Isaiah Anderson Devils roll to big SHAC win at Ripley Despite soggy night, WUHS hosts annual Invitational Meet Celebrities for a night George F Carr Jr Teresa S Hoskins Mary B McClure Richard B Collins Randall D Fetters Former Manchester officer indicted on five counts WUHS student wins state Beta Club Secretary’s seat OVCTC students part of state competition S.R. 73 closed for culvert replacement Peebles Lions Club holds first Easter Egg Hunt Weyrich graduates with honors from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics North Adams Elementary releases Honor Roll for Third grading Period Scholarships available from Jefferson Alumni Olympic athlete speaks at April 6 SAAM event Venture Hawks end their basketball season with a victory at WUHS Devils baseball sweeps doubleheader from Northwest Greyhounds gain SHAC split, split twinbill with East England signs with Rio Grande golf Pierce fans 16, Lady Indians blank Eastern Brown 4-0 Maybe somebody on the river does have a plan Senior Profile: Ryan Dryden Enjoying the view Still a time for celebration Carl R Brown Lena R Staggs Adams County Crews Schedule Culvert Replacement Projects Merlan Shoemaker Dwayne E Thompson Help is on the line! West Union Elementary honors February Students of the Month WUHS hosts 2017 All-County Arts and Music Festival Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak Access Grand Opening set for April 20 Kasich cracks down on opiate-based prescriptions West Union High School students have successful trip to State Beta Convention North Adams Beta Club excels at State Convention ACRMC hosts annual Health Fair Robert H Bushman Senior Profile: Skylar Newman Nine-run inning leads Lady Hounds to run rule win over West Union WUHS foursome breaks school record First county baseball battle goes to the Greyhounds On the road, Lady Indians pick up two more SHAC victories Senior Profile: Christa Williams One more ‘shining moment’ for SHAC seniors at C103 All-Star Game Esie M Chandler Phyllis Adkins Former Manchester police deputy faces Grand Jury Indictments Cornell tosses no-hitter, Fenton goes deep, Dragons open season with 11-0 SHAC win over Whiteoak New Verizon store opening in West Union Stephen R Palmer Dual culvert replacements for SR 73 Deana P Grooms Tim Phipps Marcella Walker Alvin R Mitchum Senior Profile: Chase Darnell SHAC hoopsters shine at District 14 All-Star Game Greyhounds run rule St. Pat, 15-0 Indians drop SHAC opener West Union hosts early JH Track Meet North Adams student wins state Beta Club President’s seat Anna B Copas Charles A Nelson

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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