Disgruntled Ohio Medical Marijuana Applicant Threatens State with Recreational Ballot Measure

Jimmy Gould is one irritated resident of Ohio and is angry about the medical marijuana policy. As a medical marijuana applicant, he worked hard to win a cultivator license but was denied before it was discovered that a convicted drug dealer was consulting on the licensing process and someone had plagiarized his proposal.

He has worked hard to move Ohio’s marijuana legalization process forward and now plans to move it even further along with recreational marijuana. Seemingly out of frustration, he is planning on proposing a ballot measure to legalized recreational marijuana using an open system for selection of cultivator licenses.

Jimmy Gould, co-founder of ResponsibleOhio, and others plan to propose on Monday a “free market” recreational marijuana measure for the 2018 ballot, according to a news release. Gould, along with ResponsibleOhio co-founder Ian James, unsuccessfully applied for one of the state’s medical marijuana cultivator licenses.

In a press conference last week, Gould threatened a new legalization ballot measure for a free-market system, without “self-selection.” The 2015 marijuana ballot issue would have limited commercial cultivation to 10 pre-selected sites owned by campaign investors.

Gould alleged at least one other applicant plagiarized information from a consultant working for his company. Earlier this week, the Department of Commerce said it didn’t know one of three scoring consultants it hired had a felony marijuana conviction on his record.

The department, which oversees the cultivators, product processors and testing labs, defended its scoring process and plans to move forward despite calls from state officials to freeze the issuance of grow licenses.

Whether or not Gould is able to get the measure added to the 2108 ballot for recreational or not, it is a plain sign that the winds are moving in that direction. How long until recreational marijuana is legalized in Ohio?


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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