"Ohio has the 'highest per-capita level of infighting' among marijuana activists"

The title of this post is a line from this notable local article headlined “Ohio medical marijuana amendment details released.” Here is the surrounding context for this amusing observation about the realities of marijuana reform efforts in the Buckeye State:

Marijuana Policy Project has unveiled more details about the medical marijuana amendment planned for Ohio this year. And it has named three Ohioans who will co-chair the campaign.

Language for the constitutional amendment, planned for the November ballot, has not yet been drafted, the president of the national nonprofit said in questions and answers posted on Facebook and sent to cleveland.com Tuesday night. The language will be based off laws in the 23 states where medical marijuana is legal.

Here are the basics, according to organization President Rob Kampia.

The amendment will establish a system where patients with certain medical conditions can apply for a medical marijuana ID card that allows them to buy and possess marijuana. The state would license businesses to grow, process, test, distribute and sell medical marijuana, and sales tax would be applied. License fees and tax revenues would pay for the program’s administrative costs. Kampia said patients and their caregivers could grow their own marijuana as soon as the amendment becomes law….

Marijuana Policy Project registered an Ohio political action committee called Ohioans for Medical Marijuana last month. The organization chose Ohioans Michael Revercomb, Lissa Satori, and John Pardee to lead the campaign. Revercomb served on the board of the central Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Pardee was the president of Ohio Rights Group, an organization that has been collecting signatures for a medical-only constitutional amendment since 2013. Sartori was an Ohio Rights Group leader who worked on last year’s Issue 3 legalization campaign.

Kampia said Ohio has the “highest per-capita level of infighting” among marijuana activists and said there are “no hard feelings” for people who don’t want to work with the leaders. “This campaign needs to be a team effort, and we’re hoping that Ohio can surprise the nation by showing that people can, in fact, work together successfully to promote a common cause,” Kampia said….

Amendment language is expected in early March, and the campaign expects to begin collecting signatures of registered voters on April 2. Supporters need 305,591 valid signatures by July 6 to qualify for the November ballot. The campaign wants volunteers to collect between 100 and 1,000 signatures each during that time and will also pay signature collectors.

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