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Ohio Group Resubmits Marijuana Legalization Proposal

A group aiming to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio resubmitted petition language and signatures on Friday

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A group aiming to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio resubmitted petition language and signatures on Friday, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Its initial effort was rejected by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is proposing an initiated statute. The proposal would create a new law allowing adults age 21 and older to grow, possess and buy Cannabis. The first step in the process is to have a summary of the proposed law, which will appear on petitions, approved as a “fair and truthful” summary by the Ohio attorney general.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) launched its ballot effort last month. It turned in a measure with more than the required initial 1,000 signatures to trigger a review. But the attorney general said he was “unable to certify the proposed summary as a fair and truthful.” Attorney General Yost rejected the initial petition after finding at least seven areas where he claimed the summary did not accurately describe the proposed law.

“We appreciate the attorney general’s feedback on our initial filing, and have fully addressed the issues flagged in this updated filing,” coalition spokesman Tom Haren said in a news release. Haren said he believes everyone should support the robust regulatory and taxation system, reports NBC 4.

Yost’s office now has up t0 10 days to look over the revised summary language. The AG will then make a determination as to whether advocates can begin collecting more signatures toward qualifying for the ballot.

Supporters Need 132,887 Ohio Signatures

Supporters, including several current Ohio medical marijuana businesses, will eventually have to collect 132,887 signatures of registered Ohio voters. That would put the proposed law before the Ohio General Assembly. State lawmakers then have four months to act on the bill.

If legislators fail to pass the law, supporters can collect another 132,887 signatures to put the measure on the statewide ballot, likely in November 2022.

The proposed law would allow Ohio’s current medical marijuana businesses to operate on the adult-use side. It would also 40 new cultivation licenses and 50 additional dispensary licenses for “social equity” applicants who are economically and socially disadvantaged. No other licenses would be available for the first two years.

Ohioans could grow six marijuana plants at home in enclosed areas. Proceeds of a 10% tax on marijuana sales would go to education, addiction treatment and cities with Cannabis businesses. Municipalities could opt out or limit marijuana businesses within their borders.

The development comes as some state lawmakers are also pushing a separate plan to legalize cannabis.

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