Vote No on Issue 3

Vote No on Issue 3 Cartoon by bearman Cartoons

Ohio voters will go to the polls this week to vote on whether or not to allow the legal growing and distribution of marijuana in the state.  I am saying Vote No on Issue 3.

Not for any moral issues on my part.  However I truly believe that medical marijuana should be federally legal.  If there is a drug that could provide legitimate sufferers some relief from whatever medical condition they are suffering from I don’t think the government should mandate it’s legitimacy.  From a personal note, I have never smoked the stuff nor do I plan to but my fiscal side says we are spending millions incarcerating people for it and the market still exists without any tax money going to state/local governments.

So given the tide of states passing marijuana laws, I think it will be coming to Ohio.  But Issue 3 is not the answer.  The problem comes in the way the issue was placed on the ballot.  10 investment groups got together with their celebrity friends and each will be awarded one of the grow farms should the measure pass.  So my no vote is against a predetermined group of winners.  It was the same when the casinos were placed on the ballot.  I was for the casinos but against a predetermined group getting the keys to the state.

Rather I would prefer that if you are going to limit the number of pot farms in Ohio to 10, to have a silent bid system if the measure passed.  Sure the “fat cats” would still be the winners but it wouldn’t be predetermined ones and it would throw a huge investment into the state prior to the growth of the first bud.


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  1. Comedy Plus says:

    I have a law enforcement background and I remember going to a seminar many years ago where a DEA agent told us that someday marijuana would be legal. Why? So the government can tax it. They would need those dollars. In everything it’s always follow the money.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. Jon Herning says:

    I’m not a fan of government choosing winners & losers either. Take out that grow farm incentive & ties like that from the legislation. Otherwise we’re just voting on drug dealers/suppliers.

  3. Mike W. says:

    Twas big business (cotton and paper) that lobbied to have pot (hemp) banned, now big business wants it back. This kind of back door law making just riles me.

  4. G. B. Miller says:

    You do know that in hot button issues like this, common sense goes out the window (like here in CT), thus that particular proposition will pass with flying colors.

  5. Bill Murphy says:

    Your Kickstarter is going great Bearman! 😀

  6. Binky says:

    The government and big corporations always seem to make money on us one way or another.

  7. lisleman says:

    I read a short piece in the paper today about this. I recall it said the idea was voted down. Interesting detais about the setup for the plan. Good that you dug into the details, most people don’t seem to even try to be informed.
    Different subject but since you’re a cartoonist I thought you would enjoy reading about a recent cartoon that caused a stir at my alma mater, U of Illinois. The campus paper published a non-PC cartoon. The editors apology said, “…we apologize for the perpetration of this disgusting stereotype.” I didn’t think the cartoon was very funny but I didn’t find it that terrible either. Here’s a link to the story by the cartoon distributor

    • Wow. Interesting article. I always say if you are offended by my work, stick around as tomorrow the other guy will be.

      Such a benign thing to get so worked up about. Somehow we are not allowed to say people are here illegally anymore? I don’t get it

  8. Scott says:

    In the 2014 election, I voted “yes” for medical marijuana in the state of Florida. And though the measure got more “yes” votes than “no” votes–it still did not get the “required” number of votes to pass.

    Next year, we’ll get another chance to vote on this issue in Florida. And I hope it passes this time. I have smoked marijuana a few times (about five times) in the distant past. I never purchased any–just shared it with someone I knew well. And it didn’t hurt me a bit. It didn’t give me much enjoyment–it wasn’t fun, like alcohol. But it didn’t hurt me a bit–and it didn’t cause me to hurt anyone else either. In truth marijuana (actually the THC in the marijuana), is no more dangerous than alcohol–in some ways, it may even be safer.

    It is the smoking of marijuana that causes health problems–because smoking of anything causes health problems.

    One thing people must realize–marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a part of the cannabis plant that contains a drug (THC)–but it is not a drug itself. Just as coffee is not a drug, but contains the drug caffeine–and beer is not a drug, but contains the drug alcohol.

    When the head of the newly-created DEA (who was, in no way, an expert on any kinds of drugs) banned marijuana in the 1930s, he banned it, along with morphine, heroin, and cocaine. He banned marijuana, which was organic, and not itself a drug, with morphine, heroin, and cocaine, which were refined (non-organic), and were themselves drugs. He was only a moralist–an idiot whose decision had nothing to do with proven dangers of any drugs, but moral opinions about them–I’m surprised he didn’t ban caffeine, as well.

    In my opinion, morphine (for non-medical use), heroin, and cocaine should remain illegal–along with methamphetamine, LSD, PCP, and other such refined, and truly dangerous drugs.

    But not marijuana–it’s not refined, it’s organic–and it’s not even a drug, in itself.

    And if the bill for low-THC, medical marijuana passes in Florida next year–I intend to acquire some of this medication for my mental illness (OCD). Because I know for certain that medical marijuana would be far safer (and potentially more effective) in the treatment of any type of mental illness, than the legal psychiatric drugs used for the mentally-ill today–drugs which are every bit as dangerous as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

  9. Jason Salas says:

    They sell the pot and the every man’s money goes up in smoke.

  10. Looks like you got those votes Bearman! Congrats!

  11. Tony McGurk says:

    The Fat Cats are already fat enough

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