COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use is ready to meet a July 1 deadline for delivering petition signatures.
ResponsibleOhio says it will deliver petitions to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office on Tuesday afternoon. The group previously announced it has collected more than 550,000 valid signatures, well over the roughly 306,000 needed to qualify for November’s ballot. Husted makes the final determination.
The Marijuana Legalization Amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the state.
State lawmakers were scrambling Tuesday to finalize a separate ballot issue that would block such use of the Constitution for private economic benefit. Husted believes the legislative measure could trump the legalization question if both pass.