Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis spent months collecting enough signatures to submit a ballot initiative to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office. The initiative intended to give voters the opportunity to support or oppose the End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act in the next election. Unfortunately, the initiative will not make it to the ballot because Dewine claims the petition was not “fair and truthful.”
Dewine explained that the summary of the ballot measure was improperly written and omitted key information, potentially skewing the information petition-signers were presented with.
In his letter rejecting the petition, Dewine wrote, “For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment. However, I must caution that this letter is not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all defects in the submitted summary.”
While Responsiible Ohioans for Cannabis’ proposal may never reach the ballot, Ohio residents still have a chance for marijuana legalization. The Ohio Rights Group is currently in the process of collecting signatures for an initiative that would legalize both recreational marijuana and industrial hemp. Another groups is sponsoring the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment, which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.