Ohio House panel OKs measure that may block pot ballot issue
COLUMBUS, Ohio — State lawmakers have moved quickly on a proposal that some believe could block an effort to legalize marijuana should both issues appear on fall ballots and be approved by Ohio voters.
The measure cleared a House committee Tuesday, and the full House could vote Wednesday. The resolution aims to make it harder to amend the constitution with ballot issues that provide economic benefits to few individuals or create monopolies.
One group seeking to legalize marijuana wants to create 10 designated grow sites around Ohio. Legislative leaders and other opponents say such a proposal misuses the Ohio Constitution for business interests.
The resolution to ban such amendments would need approval from lawmakers and voters. It must clear the Legislature with a three-fifths majority before Aug. 5 to appear on fall ballots.