More Ohio Cities Set To Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization As Activists Pursue Statewide Reform Initiative

More Ohio Cities Set To Vote On Marijuana Decriminalization As Activists Pursue Statewide Reform Initiative
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Ohio lawmakers might not be prepared to legalize marijuana this session, but activists aren’t giving up the push, with efforts underway to put reform on the statewide ballot and local campaigns reporting new progress in the municipal-level decriminalization movement. In recent days, advocates say that counties have recently certified ballot measures to put cannabis reform before voters in Laurelville and Shawnee. And voters in Kent—where activists already successfully proved that they turned in enough valid signatures to put a local decriminalization initiative before voters after clearing up a verification error on the part of county officials last year—will also decide on reform this year. Several other jurisdictions—including Ashville, Canton, Chippewa Lake, Gloria Glens Park, Harbor View, Helena, Lodi, McArthur, New Boston, Otway, Portsmouth, Rarden, Rushville, Rutland, South Webster, Sugar Grove and West Salem—are also actively being targeted by activists with NORML and Sensible Movement Coalition (SMC) for reform measures this year. “We will continue to aggressively pursue the decriminalization of marijuana in our state,” Don Keeney, executive director of NORML Appalachia of Ohio, told Marijuana Moment. “Our work with the ballot initiative proves without a doubt that ordinary citizens can do extraordinary things,” he said. “This form of direct democracy gives us personal rights and personal freedoms that you might not know you have.” Chad Thompson of SMC told Marijuana Moment that “local decriminalization really continues to be an important effort here in Ohio.” “Obviously, we would love to have a statewide regulatory framework or some sort of legalization here in Ohio, but that’s looking a little bleak at the moment,” he said. “Right now, all we really have to protect individual consumers is local decrim here in Ohio, so it continues to be very important.” These latest local developments come after voters in seven cities approved ballot measures to…

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