Marijuana Legalization Ballot Efforts May Be Short By Nearly 48,000 Valid Signatures

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Boards of Elections across the state of Ohio have scrutinized the signatures collected by ResponsibleOhio to put marijuana legalization on the November ballot.

While the secretary of state’s office has until July 21 to finalize their count of valid signatures statewide, 10TV has been crunching the numbers.

With 86 of 88 counties reporting, it appears like the push is falling short by about 48,000 valid signatures.

ResponsibleOhio’s Executive Director Ian James said these results don’t mean defeat just yet.

“The Ohio law allows for a 10 day review period. We’re well situated to collect signatures,” he said. “We’ll also have a legal challenge going forward.”

In addition, James said there are tens of thousands of signatures the boards have invalidated he believes should be validated.