Second Marijuana Legalization Issue Gets OK from Ballot Board

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Another effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio is proceeding toward the ballot.

The proposed constitutional amendment backed by Better for Ohio would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana and set guidelines for cultivation, sale and use.

The spokesman for the state’s elections chief says the Ohio Ballot Board decided Thursday that the amendment contains a single issue. That allows supporters to proceed with collecting over 305,000 required signatures from at least 44 counties.

The proposal’s language closely mirrors an amendment being advanced by the group Responsible Ohio, but with more authorized growing locations, no registration required for home growers and other tweaks. The Responsible Ohio proposal was similarly cleared by the ballot board.

A third pot legalization issue awaits an initial certification decision this month by Ohio’s attorney general.