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Ohio Attorney General Rejects First Draft of Marijuana Amendment

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana use in Ohio.

Political action committee ResponsibleOhio is pitching a legal medical and recreational marijuana industry with pot supplied from 10 specific growing sites, which have been promised to wealthy campaign backers. Taxes collected from sales at every level of the supply chain would provide revenue for local governments.

The first step to putting an issue on the ballot is submitting a summary of the proposed amendment and 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters to the state attorney general. DeWine’s office decides whether the summary is a “fair and truthful” representation of the proposed amendment.

DeWine informed ResponsibleOhio the summary fell short in two areas:

  • It doesn’t mention that the proposed amendment allows adults over age 21 to share specified amounts of marijuana.
  • It does not “accurately reflect the manner in which proposed taxes would be distributed.” [Read more at the Cleveland Plain-Dealer]
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