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Ohio AG Approves Marijuana Legalization Petition Language

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Friday approved summary language in a petition to legalize Cannabis in the state

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The Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Friday approved summary language in a petition to legalize Cannabis in the state, reports the Associated Press.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol wants it legal for adults 21 and older to buy and possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. Adults could grow as many as six plants inside their homes.

Earlier this month Attorney General David Yost rejected the first version of the petition’s summary language, listing seven deficiencies. But on August 20 he concluded the resubmitted summary represented “a fair and truthful representation” of the proposed law.

The measure goes next to the Ohio Ballot Board, which must certify whether it covers one or multiple laws. If the board approves, the coalition then must gather 132,887 valid signatures to submit the proposed law to the Ohio Legislature. Lawmakers will have four months to act.

If they do not, advocates must gather 132,887 more signatures to qualify for the ballot. The measure would be then placed on the Ohio ballot for voters to decide.

Medical marijuana dispensaries, processors, and cultivators could apply for licenses for recreational marijuana. They’d have exclusive rights for two years under the proposed law.

The Legislature legalized medical marijuana in 2016. Ohio’s first medical Cannabis dispensaries opened in January 2019.

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