Ohio AG Certifies Cannabis Rights Petition, First Step To Changing Marijuana Laws


UPDATED: Friday May 17, 2013 11:14 AM

The proposed constitutional amendment submitted by the Ohio Rights Group to change Ohio's marijuana laws was certified by Attorney General Mike DeWine on Friday.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office received a written petition on May 7 to amend the state constitution by adding the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment.

The submission was certified Friday after it contained the necessary 1,000 signatures from registered Ohio voters as well as a "fair and truthful" summary.

"Without passing upon the advisability of the approval or rejection of the measure to be referred, I hereby certify that the summary is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed constitutional amendment," DeWine stated in a letter to the Ohio Ballot Board.

After the summary language and initial signatures are certified, the Ohio Ballot Board then must determine if the amendment has a single issue or multiple issues.

Those petitioning will then have to collect signatures for each issue. The signatures must total an amount greater than 10 percent of the total vote cast for the office of president in the last presidential election. Signatures must include names from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

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