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May 2, 2011

Interesting buzz about possible new marijuana initiative in Ohio

My local Columbus Dispatch has this notable new "daily briefing" piece about an interesting issue percolating in my backyard.  The piece is headlined "Billionaire Peter Lewis floating marijuana ballot issue," and here is how it starts:

Billionaire Peter Lewis is floating a proposal for an Ohio ballot issue to legalize medical use of marijuana.

Lewis, a Clevelander who is head of Progressive Insurance, the nation's third-largest insurer, has given millions over the years to marijuana-related causes.  Now he wants to bring the issue to his home state.  Through his attorney, Lewis put out a request for proposals to pass an Ohio issue that will "create a model for future campaigns in other states."

Following California in 1996, 14 other states have passed ballot issues legalizing marijuana for medically qualified patients, most through ballot issues.

The RFP says Ohio "stands out as having particularly high levels of voter support.  This provides an opportunity to enact a new law that will directly help patients and to do so in a manner that will serve as a model for other states."

Lewis is seeking a proposal to include drafting ballot language, qualifying for the ballot, building an organization, communicating with voters, and raising money.

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