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.