Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine has given approval to an initiative to legalize cannabis, put forth by Legalize Marijuana and Hemp in Ohio. Once the initiative is approved by the Ohio Ballot Board, advocates will be given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to put it to a vote this November. The proposal is separate from a legalization initiative put forth by ResponsibleOhio, which is also aiming for this November’s ballot.
Legalize Marijuana and Hemp in Ohio will now be required to collect 305,591 signatures from registered Ohio voters in half of Ohio’s 88 counties by July 1st in order to put the initiative on this year’s general election ballot.
If placed on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative – which is a constitutional amendment – would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis and the private cultivation of up to eight plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets would be authorized to distribute the plant. The full text of the proposal can be found by clicking here.
According to recent polling, 52% of Ohio voters support legalizing recreational cannabis, with 44% opposed.