Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has given approval to the Cannabis Control Amendment, an initiative to legalize cannabis put forth by Ohioans to End Prohibition. The group now must gather 305,591 signatures by July 1st to get the amendment on this November ballot, though they’ll have until July 1st, 2016 to place it on the 2016 general election ballot.
The Cannabis Control Amendment, which is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution, would allow those 21 and older to possess up to 100 grams of cannabis, and cultivate up to six cannabis plants. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, which would be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.
This initiative is entirely separate from the one put forth by ResponsibleOhio, which is heading for this November’s ballot after advocates submitted well more than enough signatures to qualify.
According to a recent report conducted Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, legalizing cannabis in Ohio would create 35,000 new jobs.
The Cannabis Control Amendment can be found in full here.