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Ohio Marijuana Legislature

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Ohio Congressman

Senators

Sherrod Brown (D)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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Comments

“While it is important to consider the potential medical benefits of marijuana, particularly for terminally ill patients whose quality of life may hinge on effective pain management, there are risks associated with making marijuana legally available. The widespread popularity and use of this drug among our nation’s youth, as well as its role as a “pipeline” drug (potentially leading to the use of heroin and other lethal drugs) distinguishes it from other controlled substances, and we must be particularly careful before creating the potential for expanded access and use.” 10/8/2010 (Link)
“Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he has serious concerns about the push to legalize marijuana in Ohio. “There are far too many” unanswered questions about the impact of legalizing marijuana, Brown, D-Ohio, told reporters in a conference call.H e said he was particularly concerned about children consuming pot baked into food products. “I want to make sure children don’t get access to marijuana in that way or other ways,” Brown said. “I have significant concerns about it,” Brown said. “It’s a step that we should take with great caution.” Brown said he does support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. “The evidence is in that it works for a number of patients” to help manage their illnesses, the Ohio Democrat said. 7/9/2015

 

Rob Portman (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: F

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Comments

Republican Senator Rob Portman admits to smoking marijuana when he was younger. 5/6/2013 (Link)
“We should not throw in the towel,” Portman said. “Instead, we should be saying to young people, ‘There is a better way for you to have a healthy and productive life, and that’s not to get into drug use and drug abuse.'” “Portman, who like many of his generation has admitted to smoking marijuana in his youth, said he does not support legalization. Instead, he said, efforts should focus on drug prevention and rehabilitation. He mentioned his ongoing efforts to support drug prevention and recovery through the Drug-Free Communities Act.”What I support is a whole different approach with regard to drug use, and that is spending less money on the prosecution and incarceration side and more money on prevention and education, which I know works.” He said a community-wide coalition he started about 20 years ago, focusing on drug abuse in his hometown of Cincinnati (which he represented in the House of Representatives), “has had great success, and relative to other areas that don’t have coalitions, these coalitions are doing a great job.” The Drug-Free Communities Act, for which which Portman is trying to get congressional reauthorization, has helped establish about 2,000 such coalitions, Portman said.”So that’s the approach that I think we ought to be taking,” he said. Legalizing marijuana “is the wrong message to send,” he said, “and instead I think we should be focused more on prevention and education. I know it works.” As for his own pot smoking, Portman told The Plain Dealer in 2005 that it occurred when he was in school. “This was an era when almost everybody did it,” the senator, now 59, said. “It’s something I regret.” 5/15/2015 “I’m very concerned about this,” Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said of Issue 3. With the heroin epidemic ravaging Ohio, Portman said, “we should not be sending the message to our young people that this is somehow socially acceptable” to use drugs.Portman said the 10-farm limit on commercial cultivation makes Issue 3 even more objectionable. “I don’t understand why the voters of Ohio should be giving certain private entities the ability to corner the market on anything,” Portman said. “That’s just wrong.” 9/13/2015 (Link)

 
 

House of Representatives

Joyce Beatty (D)

OHIO

 

Grade: B

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Marcia Fudge (D)

OHIO

 

Grade: B

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No sponsorships or comments

 

David Joyce (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: B

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Marcy Kaptur (D)

OHIO

 

Grade: B

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Tim Ryan (D)

OHIO

 

Grade: B

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Cosponsor

*H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

 

Steve Stivers (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: B-

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Cosponsor

*H.R. 525 Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015

 

Bill Johnson (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Jim Jordan (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Bob Latta (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Jim Renacci (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Pat Tiberi (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Mike Turner (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Brad Wenstrup (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: D

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No sponsorships or comments

 

Steve Chabot (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: F

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Comments

“He’s against legalizing pot for both recreational and medical use. He feels where it is legal medicinally, it broadens access for other users.” 6/18/2015 (Link)

 

Bob Gibbs (R)

OHIO

 

Grade: F

Votes

 

Comments

“Legalizing marijuana will have a detrimental effect to public safety and society,” 3/9/2016 (Link)

 

Warren Davidson (R)

OHIO

 

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No sponsorships or comments

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