It’s Official: Ohio Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Makes November Ballot

On November 3rd, Ohio voters will have the opportunity to legalize recreational cannabis through a constitutional amendment. ohio

Secretary of State Jon Husted said today that the group ResponsibleOhio has collected 320,267 signatures from registered Ohio voters on their initiative to legalize cannabis, 14,676 more than necessary to qualify for this year’s 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, while establishing a system of state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. These outlets would be supplied by ten licensed production centers located throughout the state.

According to a report conducted by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters, legalizing cannabis in Ohio would create 35,000 new jobs.

ResponsibleOhio is working on a separate initiative that would allow for the expungement of cannabis convictions if the offenses has since been made legal. The Ohio Ballot Board recently gave approval to this measure, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote next year.

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3 thoughts on “It’s Official: Ohio Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Makes November Ballot”

  1. “legalizing cannabis in Ohio would create 35,000 new jobs” what a sad statement…this is not about jobs..what a very sad sad statement. Let’s legalize so we can put people to work. Could we not say that about anything illegal? Really now..Vote no..look at the medical background how cannabis effects the brain and go from there..

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    • Who are you protecting by voting no? This seems like the best shot you have. I mean, sure, drug dealers sure wont like only growing 4 plants, but get real on the other stuff. Cops aren’t gonna be at your door saying “I smell that shit, that’s that dank Canadian shit. get the fuck on the ground scum bag!” Get real. Let’s help people with real medical needs now and help stop people from going to jail from a victimless crime. My understand is that ohio couldn’t even get medical pot despite having such a high approval rating for the last 10 years (might be misinformation) How about changing that so you don’t have to wait another 10 years. Every state that falls to green will be another step towards some sort of federal government resolution, which would probably stop monopolies anyway. Who the hell cares if some republican guys make a crap load of money. As long as people aren’t breaking my door down and shooting my dog, I’m cool with it.

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