Petition Language for MJ Legalization Approved
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Petition Language for MJ Legalization Approved
Posted by CN Staff on March 13, 2015 at 11:48:37 PT
By Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Ohio -- A group pushing a for-profit marijuana legalization ballot issue is a step closer today following Attorney General Mike DeWine’s approval of the petition summary of the proposed constitutional amendment. DeWine said the wording submitted contains a “fair and truthful” summary of the proposed amendment. He certified the petition “without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure.”
ResponsibleOhio, the group promoting the issue, must now to go to the Ohio Ballot Board, overseen by Secretary of State Jon Husted, to gain approval of the wording for the Nov. 3 election. A board will meet in about 10 days. DeWine rejected the petition summary the first time it was submitted on Feb. 13 because of two defects, but he gave the green light to the revised measure submitted March 3. DeWine, who has publicly stated his opposition to the ResponsibleOhio proposal, stressed his approval was for form only, not the content of the amendment. If the Ballot Board approves, ResponsibleOhio must then gather 305,591 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters for at least 44 of 88 counties to get the measure on the fall ballot. ResponsibleOhio is pushing a for-profit plan to establish 10 marijuana-growing sites, three of which are in central Ohio, to be controlled by individuals or groups that invest in the ballot issue. Marijuana sales would be taxed, with money distributed to various government entities. There are also provisions for low-cost medical marijuana distribution to qualifying patients and to allow individuals age 21 and over to grow up to four marijuana plants. Attorney Jon Allison, spokesman for the Drug Free Action Alliance, said the marijuana campaign is about “pure and simple greed.” “This starts and ends with constitutionally protected cartel monopolies owning the marijuana market. When they feign interest in home growers or the sick, ask the cartel investors if their hearts would be in this without a constitutionally guaranteed return on investment.” The full text of today's letter and of the amendment petitions is online: Columbus Dispatch (OH)Author: Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch Published: March 13, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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