Local Marijuana Decriminalization Efforts Launch In Ohio, South Carolina And West Virginia

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An Ohio-based marijuana group is helping campaigns in West Virginia and South Carolina get cannabis decriminalization on their local ballots this year—and progress is already being made. While the Sensible Movement Coalition (SMC) has traditionally pushed for reforms within Ohio—and has seen multiple successes in getting decriminalization enacted there—they’re now lending expertise to activist-led campaigns in other traditionally conservative states. SMC’s multi-state effort comes as a separate group, Ground Game Texas, announced a new campaign to put marijuana reform measures on local ballots in cities across Texas. Bill Schmitt Jr., one of SMC’s directors, told Marijuana Moment that organizers are three-fourths of the way through collecting signatures to qualify a reform measure for the McMechen, West Virginia ballot, and he expects to submit a sufficient number of petitions to elections officials this week. SMC is still actively supporting local campaigns in Ohio, where 22 jurisdictions have adopted local statues so far that reduce the penalty for low-level cannabis possession from a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and a fine to the “lowest penalty allowed by state law.” Also last month, a county board of elections certified signatures to place a decriminalization initiative on the ballot in Murray City, Ohio. Here’s a list of cities that SMC is targeting this year, which was shared with Marijuana Moment:  Ohio: Decriminalization efforts are also underway in Bellefontaine, Belmont, Bethesda, Bloomingdale, Brilliant, Chippewa Lake, Flushing, Gloria Glens Park, Holloway, Huntsville, Kent, Lakeview, Laurelville, Morristown, Mt. Pleasant, New Lexington, New Straitsville, Rayland, Rushville, Russell’s Point, Shadyside, St. Clairsville, Tarlton, Tiltonsville and Yorkville. (NORML Appalachia of Ohio has also been involved in putting decriminalization on local ballots throughout the state and is targeting Bridgeport, Brookside, Dillonvale, Flushing, Martins Ferry, McArthur, Murray City, Powhattan Point and Shadyside.) West Virginia: Clarksburg, McMechen, Salem and Wheeling. South Carolina: Charleston,…

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