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Ohio Marijuana Legalization Measure Likely to Be on 2020 Ballot

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Petitions have been filed to add recreational marijuana legalization to Ohio voter ballots in November. The legislation is presented as a change to the Ohio Constitution. The amendment is undergoing the first steps of the process by filing petitions with the state.

The language of the legislation must be approved by the Ohio Ballot Board and Attorney General David Yost first, reported. If the language is approved, the group will have until July 1 to collect 443,000 valid voter signatures. The signatures would have to be gathered in at least 50% of the state’s 88 counties.

Ohio voters were presented with a marijuana legalization initiative in 2015, where it was defeated with 64% of voters opposing legalization.

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Cultivators Association is not supporting recreational marijuana legalization.

Thomas Rosenberger is the associate director of the association, he said, “The Ohio Medical Cannabis Association is focused squarely on bettering Ohio’s medical program, and we at this time are not backing an adult-use initiative.”

Efforts will increase to make the language of the proposed amendment change once the proposed language receives the necessary approvals to move forward.