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Ohio Marijuana Legalization Drive Certified; Signature Time

Its Go Time for those who want a Cannabis legalization initiative on the 2022 Ohio ballot. And by Go we mean signatures.

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A group that wants to legalize adult-use Cannabis in Ohio and have it regulated similarly to alcohol has had its initiative certified, reports News 5 Cleveland. The Ohio Ballot Board’s certification of the measure was the final hurdle for advocates. Now they can immediately begin gathering signatures to put the measure before the Ohio General Assembly.

They need 132,887 signatures of registered Ohio voters needed to submit the proposed law to the Legislature.

If the Legislature doesn’t then pass or if it passes an amended version of the bill, supporters can collect another 132,887 signatures. That would put the proposal before voters, likely in November 2022, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer.

‘Happy With Today’s Outcome’

“We’re happy with today’s outcome and believe the ballot board made the right call on this one,” said Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol spokesman Tom Haren. “We look forward to beginning the signature collection process and working with our state legislators to create a safe, legal, and highly regulated cannabis market in Ohio.”

“Ohioans overwhelmingly support cannabis legalization, and we’re ready to work with legislators to end prohibition today,” Haren said.

The group plans to start collecting signatures “as soon as possible,” Haren said. But advocates haven’t yet set times and places for people to sign.

What The Measure Would Do

The proposed law would allow adults age 21 and older to buy, grow, possess and consume marijuana. Proceeds of a 10% tax on marijuana would go to education, addiction treatment and municipalities with marijuana businesses. Municipalities could limit or ban marijuana businesses within their borders.