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Ohio's elections chief says a marijuana legalization campaign has failed to meet its initial signature target.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Monday that about 276,000 of signatures submitted by the group ResponsibleOhio were valid. At least 305,591 were needed to make the November ballot. The group has 10 days to collect more signatures.

Panel To Vote On New Pot-Related Ballot Issue

Jul 15, 2015
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(AP) — A proposal to establish a process for purging old pot-related convictions made obsolete by marijuana legalization is headed to the Ohio Ballot Board. The panel meets Wednesday.

ResponsibleOhio is the group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on this fall's ballot. It considers its "Fresh Start Act" the next step in its efforts. They aim to place the measure on the 2016 ballot, a year after the legalization question.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's fall ballot has passed the next step in a separate effort to have some related crimes expunged.

ResponsibleOhio says its "Fresh Start Act" calls for reviewing and expunging criminal records for people with previous marijuana convictions if their actions would no longer be considered illegal under the legalization amendment.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine cleared the petition language Monday, a move that sends the effort to the state Ballot Board for further review.

Lawmakers scrapped Gov. Kasich's proposal that would have given schools less money.
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The state’s election chief is warning Ohio voters there may be confusion ahead in November, though no issues have officially made the fall ballot yet.

 

The ResponsibleOhio marijuana legalization amendment could be on the ballot at the same time as a measure that would prohibit businesses from creating amendments that give them economic benefits - just like the amendment from ResponsibleOhio does. Secretary of State Jon Husted says if what’s being called “the anti-monopoly” amendment gets more votes, it will negate the marijuana initiative.

State Auditor Dave Yost announced results of a charter school attendance audit Thursday.
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The proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize and regulate marijuana in Ohio has one state official calling for an overhaul of the process.

Auditor David Yost says he thinks it’s too easy for private economic interests to get constitutional amendments onto the state ballot. 

“The whole initiative process was designed to protect the many against the powerful few,” said Yost. “What’s happening now is that the powerful few are using that very safeguard to get their own way and make themselves rich at the expense of the many.” 

Ohio Ballot Measures Budding To Legalize Marijuana

Jan 8, 2015
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Two proposed ballot measures to legalize medical and recreational marijuana have emerged in Ohio in less than a month.
 
The latest, on Thursday from Ohioans to End Prohibition, would legalize the purchase, possession and use of cannabis and cannabis products for Ohioans, ages 21 or older. The group hopes to get the Cannabis Control Amendment before voters in 2016.
 

Ohio Targets Pot Possession Driving Penalty

Dec 15, 2014
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Ohio lawmakers are taking early steps toward lifting Ohio's driving penalties for marijuana possession.

A resolution scheduled for a possible committee vote Tuesday declares the Legislature's opposition to a 1990 federal law that requires a six-month suspension or revocation of a driver's license after a drug offense conviction, even when the violation is unrelated to driving.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

DeWine on Monday rejected the proposal saying the petition's summary was not "fair and truthful."

A DeWine spokesman says the proposed regulatory scheme did not restrict the use of cannabis to medicinal purposes.

Backers of a plan to allow voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana use and allow production of hemp have taken the first step to put it on the ballot.  Tonya Davis with Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis says the proposal would de-criminalize recreational use of marijuana in Ohio. 

"We just believe that they need to stop wasting our tax dollars on arresting and harassing and tearing up families for something that is safer than aspirin”

There might be support for legalizing marijuana and allowing gay marriage in some states but a new poll shows both issues might lose if Ohio voters weighed in right now. 

Just last week, a Quinnpiac University National poll showed support for legalizing marijuana by a margin of 51 to 44 percent.  But a new Quinnipiac University Poll of Ohioans shows the issue is tied here in the buckeye state at 47 percent. 

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