The group’s proposal:
• Would allow Ohioans older than 21 to possess, grow, use, sell and share marijuana;
• Would not change the already approved medical marijuana program starting this year;
• Has a residency requirement for business licences;
• Calls for protections for landlords and employers who want to prohibit marijuana activities on their property.
The Ohio General Assembly would have authority to write laws governing impairment, uses in public and restrictions for minors.
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Getting on the statewide ballot is a heavy lift, requiring organizational skills and millions of dollars. Eight petitions to legalize marijuana have been certified over the past five years but only one — ResponsibleOhio’s November 2015 effort — made it to the ballot. That year, Ohio voters soundly rejected a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical use.
In June 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a plan to legalize and regulate medical marijuana. State officials are writing regulations, reviewing applications and inspecting operations for the new industry, which is expected to kick off Sept. 8.
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