Ohio Marijuana Activists Plan Supreme Court Appeal After Federal Judges Deny Electronic Signature Case

Ohio Marijuana Activists Plan Supreme Court Appeal After Federal Judges Deny Electronic Signature Case

Ohio activists working to put marijuana decriminalization measures on local ballots across the state were shut down by a federal appeals court on Tuesday in their lawsuit seeking to force officials to allow electronic signature gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after a federal judge ruled in the group’s favor last month, a panel of judges on the the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit blocked that decision and now the full court has denied activists a review of the ruling. Next, plaintiffs with the Sensible Movement Coalition (SMC), which has been behind more than a dozen successful decriminalization initiatives across the state in recent years, plan to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I’m hoping to get the stay vacated so our circulators can actually get to work,” Mark Brown, a law professor representing the reform advocates, told Cleveland.com. SMC has helped enact decriminalization policies in 17 Ohio cities and they intended to pursue local decriminalization initiatives in 14 additional municipalities this year before officials issued stay-at-home orders and required social distancing measures. The group was optimistic two months ago when a judge in a lower court took their side and said the state would have to accept signatures gathered electronically because “the burden imposed by the enforcement of the [COVID-19] requirements in these circumstances is severe, strict scrutiny is warranted.” Chad Thompson, the executive director of SMC, told Marijuana Moment at the time that he wasn’t concerned that Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he planned…

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