Monday, May 2, 2011

Peter B. Lewis Wants Marijuana Legalization Issue on Ohio Ballot

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM


Eccentric billionaire, Clevelander, Progressive head, and noted marijuana enthusiast Peter B. Lewis has long been a supporter of the movement to legalize pot. Just last October, his "philanthropy" adviser told the New York Times that Lewis was holding back on political donations in favor of "building progressive infrastructure and marijuana reform. That’s just where his head is right now."

Now, the Columbus Dispatch reports that those efforts are getting more official with aims on getting a ballot issue set for Ohio. Grab some Twinkies and join us after the jump for details.

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.

Lewis, who had part of his leg amputated in the 90s, was called a "functioning pothead" by Fortune back in the day.

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