Four More Ohio Cities Will Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization This November

Four More Ohio Cities Will Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization This November

Four more Ohio cities will be voting on local measures to decriminalize marijuana this November, activists say. While they faced signature gathering challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic, advocates announced on Wednesday that they successfully collected enough valid signatures and turned them in ahead of the deadline to qualify for municipal ballots. Voters in Adena, Glouster, Jacksonville, and Trimble will each see the reform measures on their ballots after local boards of elections certified the petitions. If approved, they’ll join 18 other Ohio cities in that have already enacted measures to lower penalties for misdemeanor cannabis possession in recent years. NORML Appalachia and the Sensible Movement Coalition worked together on this latest round of proposals. Initially, they aimed to add 14 more municipalities to the list of places voting on decriminalization in 2020, but the COVID-19 outbreak derailed that plan. The group sued the state, asking that they be allowed to gather signatures electronically. But while a federal court sided with them in a May ruling, the decision was overturned by an appeals court the next month. Don Keeney, executive director of NORML Appalachia, told Marijuana Moment that the activists consolidated their efforts, targeting the four jurisdictions strategically because they’re located near each other, which allowed petitioners to make the most of their time. “Everywhere we go, the reception has been good,” he said. “We’ve still got a few naysayers, but even they were polite about it.” While local boards of elections have certified the signatures and approved them for the…

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