Ohio Group Claims Sabotage in Legalization Efforts

An Ohio organization pushing for medical marijuana legalization in the state says a stronger, more well-funded group sabotaged its efforts to get a bill on the November ballot.

The Ohio Rights Group (ORG) claims that ResponsibleOhio members Ian James and David Bruno promised to help ORG but instead took consulting fees from the group to build their own organization, according to

ORG claims in a complaint filed earlier this month that ResponsibleOhio’s actions undermined its ability to raise funds, retain volunteers and motivate staff, thereby “crippling the advancement” of the group’s ballot initiative.

The Ohio Elections Commission will have a hearing on the issue May 21. Both groups are currently raising signatures to get marijuana legalization measures on the ballot.

Bruno, while working with ORG, allegedly made trips across the state, visiting people now associated with ResponsibleOhio. He also changed names on an informational document sent to the president of Scotts Miracle-Gro, who was being asked for a $1 million donation, according to ORG.

A ResponsibleOhio spokesperson told the complaint is “bogus.” The group, which formed last June, boasts backers that include descendants of former U.S. President William Taft, developer David Bastos and singer and restaurateur Nick Lachey.

ORG’s proposed constitutional amendment would allow patients in Ohio to use medical marijuana and growers to produce industrial hemp. ResponsibleOhio’s plan would allow 10 farms to produce medical and recreational cannabis to sell to processors and retailers, a move that ORG says would create an agricultural monopoly, according to

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6 comments on “Ohio Group Claims Sabotage in Legalization Efforts
    • Mike on

      It sure is a terrible thing if it’s true! However, I live in Ohio and am disabled by chronic pain. Nothing seems to really help, that is currently available. I’m hoping to be able to get some LEGAL relief thru marijuana. So either plan is better than nothing! I do think the ten farm monopoly is one of the stupidest things I’ve heard in years though! I see absolutely no reason for condition to be in the bill. Like I said though, either is better than nothing!

  1. Eric R. on

    Mike with chronic pain, look into Mitragyna speciosa, you’ll be glad you did. That’s another herb that needs to remain legal and available, but the DEA has it on it’s list of “concern”. Donate generously to the botanical legal defense org

  2. Souzza on

    Mike what Eric recommended is sometimes found as Kratom is head shops. I work in 1 and we sell it, we have great reviews from our customers. I highly recommend checking into strains along the red side such as Thai Red Vein! Hope this helps! Also Responsible Ohio is bad news, please don’t vote for it without doing the prop[er research and then making your decision! As a shop we DO NOT want it to legalize this way!

  3. robert dakota on

    Marijuana business daily needs to be paying attention to Pa. Apparently 1 republican committee chairman Matt Baker is not allowing the MM bill come to a vote. Didn’t the republican call it unconstitutional when Harry Reed did the same thing blocking votes on a bills because he didn’t like it. Republican or democrat there is no difference.

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