Marijuana legalization amendment moves closer to November ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio Ballot Board certified an initiative on Friday that puts a marijuana legalization amendment one step closer to the November ballot.

The group ResponsibleOhio sponsored the initiative that, if passed, will legalize marijuana for medical and personal use for adults 21 years and older.

“The Ballot Board affirmed what we have always known, that the Marijuana Legalization Amendment is a single issue,” ResponsibleOhio spokesperson Lydia Bolander said in a news release on Friday. “With today’s approval, we will move forward with collecting the signatures required to put our amendment before voters in November.”

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office said the group will now need to collect more than 305,500 signatures to put the issue of the ballot. Those signatures must come from at least 44 of the state’s 88 counties.