Group behind marijuana legalization proposal submits what it hopes will be enough signatures for ballot

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — The group that wants Ohio voters to legalize marijuana on the November ballot was short signatures when it filed petitions last month.

The group has now filed eight times the number of signatures that need to be valid to get the proposed law before voters this fall.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol was short 679 valid signatures. It used the 10-day window to gather more signatures, and submitted more than 6,545 signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, which now has to see if the group has met the valid signature threshold for the law to be before voters.

The group has proposed regulating recreational marijuana for Ohioans over 21 and imposing a 10% tax to go to addiction treatment, administrative costs and social
justice programs.

This is a proposed law, which means a majority of lawmakers could repeal it if it passes, but the group says it’s confident voters will approve it by a wide margin.