Ohio Marijuana Activists Turn In More Signatures For Legalization Initiative After Temporary Setback

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Ohio marijuana activists said on Thursday that they turned in 29,918 more signatures for a legalization initiative after the state said their previous submission was insufficient. Now the campaign is “confident” they have enough to force lawmakers to take up the issue. Last month, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) submitted what it thought were enough valid signatures to trigger the legislative review of legalization, but the secretary of state’s office said that too many were invalid and gave activists a small window to collect more. CTRMLA spokesman Tom Haren told Marijuana Moment on Thursday that the group successfully rounded up the additional needed 13,000 signatures that were needed and will have “room to spare.” “We feel confident that we will meet the signature requirements and look forward to the legislature taking up an issue that a majority of Ohioans support this year,” Haren said in a press release. The measure that lawmakers would be required to consider would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and they could also have up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. Individuals could grow up to six plants for personal use, with a maximum 12 plants per household. Altogether, activists needed to collect 132,887 valid signatures from registered voters for the statutory initiative during this first phase of the effort. If the required signatures are ultimately verified by county officials, the legislature will then have four months to adopt the measure, reject it or adopt an amended version. If lawmakers do not pass the proposal, organizers will then need to collect an additional 132,887 signatures to place the proposal before voters on the ballot in November 2022. Under the measure, a 10 percent sales tax would be imposed on cannabis sales, with revenue being…

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