Petitions in Ohio will begin circulating in the next week to support medical marijuana legalization. Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is stepping in to assist supporters. In 2014, polls showed that 90-percent of Ohioans support medical marijuana.
Responsible Ohio’s Issue 3 failed last year because it combined legalizing recreational and medical marijuana under monopolies. MPP wishes to ensure that no monopolies will exist in Ohio’s medical marijuana program, 2 News reports.
MPP spokesman, Mason Tvert, says, “We didn’t find out that medical marijuana is beneficial for seriously ill people last week or a year ago; it’s been years now.”
A task force has been formed specifically for marijuana legalization in Ohio. A total of 7 meetings are scheduled in Columbus to allow voters to voice their opinions on medical marijuana legalization. Of those 7 meetings, three have taken place.
Stephen Huffman, a task force member, said, “If the General Assembly does not lead in the issue, the ballot initiative may be a very difficult task for many people to take. It may include homegrown in a very liberal aspect to get medical marijuana that may not be the best for the State of Ohio.”
Tvert went on to say, “We can’t wait any longer. If the legislature is able to pass an effective, comprehensive medical marijuana law this year, that’s excellent. But in the meantime, we’re going to move forward with just such a law at the ballot box in case the legislature doesn’t follow through.”