Petition to legalize marijuana in Ohio gets enough signatures for November ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- About two weeks after delivering more than 95,000 additional signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office, ResponsibleOhio learned its effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio will appear on the November ballot.

The group turned in more than 695,000 signatures in June, but not enough of them were valid. ResponsibleOhio was given a 10-day extension to amass about 30,000 more.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Jon Husted certified the petition. Ohioans will vote on the issue on Nov. 3.

"It's time for marijuana legalization in Ohio, and voters will have the opportunity to make it happen this November--we couldn't be more excited," said ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

"Drug dealers don't care about doing what's best for our state and its citizens. By reforming marijuana laws in November, we'll provide compassionate care to sick Ohioans, bring money back to our local communities and establish a new industry with limitless economic development opportunities."

Under its proposed amendment to the state constitution, ResponsibleOhio aims to make the consumption and sales of pot legal for people 21 years of age and older. The amendment would create the Ohio Marijuana Control Commission, establish 10 growing locations and license marijuana product manufacturing facilities. (Read the amendment here)

More on the push for marijuana legalization in Ohio here