Ohio Attorney General Certifies 2022 Marijuana Legalization Ballot Petition

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The Ohio attorney general on Friday certified a petition for a marijuana legalization initiative that activists are hoping to place on the state’s 2022 ballot. After rejecting the summary language of an earlier version because the office deemed it misleading, Attorney General Dave Yost (R) said the summary of this revised petition is “a fair and truthful representation of the proposed statute.” The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) launched its ballot effort last month. This latest development comes as some state lawmakers are also pushing a separate plan to legalize cannabis. In a press release, the attorney general’s office outlined next steps for the campaign. First, the Ohio Ballot Board needs to determine whether the initiative meets single-subject standards to qualify for the ballot. Once certified by that body, petitioners must collect an initial batch of signatures that amount to three percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. Those signatures need to come from at least 44 of the state’s 88 counties. Further, “for each of those counties, the number must equal at least 1.5 percent of the vote cast in the last gubernatorial election,” the office said. In a letter to petitioners, Yost said the office “does not offer an opinion of the enforceability or constitutionality” of the cannabis measure. Ohio voters rejected a 2015 legalization initiative, and advocates suspended a campaign to place another measure on the 2020 ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. But this round, the campaign is feeling confident that it will prevail once it clears these procedural hurdles. Unlike past efforts, the new initiative is a statutory, rather that a constitutional, proposal. If supporters collect 132,887 valid signatures from registered voters, the legislature will then have four months to adopt the measure, reject it or adopt and amended version. If lawmakers do…

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