Judge Dismisses Spat Over Subpoenas in Ohio Pot Issue Probe

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a dispute over subpoenas issued in an investigation into a marijuana legalization effort in Ohio.

The lawsuit, filed by two people identified as John Doe and John Doe Two, had asked the court declare the subpoenas as overly broad and in violation of their First Amendment and privacy rights.

Judge Susan Dlott dismissed the case Tuesday, saying she’d been told the matter has been settled.

The lawsuit stems from a probe brought by Secretary of State Jon Husted into the signature collection and ballot petition submission of the group ResponsibleOhio.

The Does’ attorney says the scope of updated subpoenas from Husted is sufficiently narrow to protect her clients’ rights.

Husted’s office says the dismissal helps clear the way for the subpoenas to be enforced.