Ohio: Enough Signatures Collected on Cannabis Expungement Initiative to Receive Approval from Attorney General

ohiojointThe Ohio Attorney General’s Office on Monday certified an initiative to allow for the expungement of cannabis convictions that have been made legal since the crimes were committed.

The Fresh Start Act, put forth by ResponsibleOhio, is meant to work in conjunction with the group’s initiative to legalize cannabis, which will be voted on this November. If that initiative is approved into law, and the Fresh Start Act is subsequently approved, anyone who committed a crime that’s made legal the first initiative would be allowed to have the charge expunged (removed) from their record.

“Without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred, I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law,” Ohio Attorney Mike General DeWine said in a written statement, verifying that at least 1,000 valid signatures were submitted for the initiative.

The proposal must now be approved by the Ohio Ballot Board before advocates can begin collecting the over 300,000 signatures necessary to put it to a vote next November.


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