Ohio Marijuana Activists File Lawsuit To Keep Legalization Initiative On Track For November Ballot

Ohio Marijuana Activists File Lawsuit To Keep Legalization Initiative On Track For November Ballot
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A campaign to put marijuana legalization on Ohio’s November ballot may be in jeopardy, with a new lawsuit shedding light on a potential legal dilemma that could prevent activists from collecting the additional batch of signatures they will need to put the measure before voters. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) on Friday filed a complaint for declaratory judgment in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, requesting a ruling on a potential challenge over the timing of the group’s initial signature submission to the state for the reform initiative. Some background is necessary: to put the legalization measure on the ballot, advocates first needed to turn in a first batch of at least 132,887 signatures to the state to initiate a process whereby lawmakers would have four months to consider the proposal and decide whether to act on it. All signs indicate that the GOP-controlled legislature is not willing to do that in the coming days before that window closes. Without legislative action after four months, the campaign would then need to submit another 132,887 valid signatures to place the issue on the ballot. They’ve been preparing for that push, even as certain lawmakers continue to push for reform in the legislature. Here’s where the new legal challenge comes in. Activists have been made aware of certain conversations among legislative officials and the attorney general’s office about whether the state Constitution would permit ballot placement considering the timeline for the initial signature turn-in and certification by the secretary of state. It’s a complicated situation, but the main legal argument that could threaten the initiative is that, after CTRMLA turned in signatures on December 20, they were deemed insufficient by the secretary of state’s office and activists were then forced to collect more to trigger the legislative review…

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