Ohio Recreational Cannabis Passes the First Test

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After a back-and-forth exchange between involved parties, Ohio’s bid to legalise recreational cannabis is back on track following the state’s attorney general’s acceptance of a rewritten petition on August 20th. The proposal from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol had initially been sent back by Ohio AG Dave Yost, citing issues around the language – including lack of distinction over how many plants an individual may possess, as opposed to how many they may cultivate – which Yost deemed misleading. The proposal was quickly rewritten, and upon review, Yost agreed that the new bill was “a fair and truthful representation of the proposed statute.” In a news release accompanying the resubmission, coalition spokesman Tom Haren said, “We appreciate the attorney general’s feedback on our initial filing, and have fully addressed the issues flagged in this updated filing.” Commenting via a letter to the CRMLA, AG Yost said that the office “does not offer an opinion of the enforceability or constitutionality” of the cannabis proposal, which would allow adults over the age of 21 to buy, possess, use, and even grow marijuana for recreational use. Having now been accepted by the attorney general, the initiative will be passed to the Ohio Ballot Board. They’ll determine whether the bill constitutes one issue before it can qualify for the ballot. Following approval, petitioners must collect a total of 132,887 supporting signatures from registered voters. Or, 3% of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election – and from at least 44 of the 88 counties in the state of Ohio.  After that, the legislature has four months to adopt or reject the measure or adopt an amended version. The Ohio Legalisation Petition If passed, the law would mean good things for all parties with a vested interest. The existing medical marijuana…

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