Nearly 700,000 signatures on an initiative to legalize cannabis have been submitted to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted by the group ResponsibleOhio, well more than the 305,591 needed to place the proposal on this November’s ballot.
Once Husted verifies that enough of the submitted signatures are valid (from registered Ohio voters), it will be placed on this year’s November general election ballot. If passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, and would establish a system of state-licensed cannabis retail outlets which would be supplied by ten cannabis production centers.
The proposal has drawn some criticism for divvying out ownership of the production center to investors of the measure.
According to a recent report conducted Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, legalizing cannabis in Ohio would create 35,000 new jobs.