After sitting out a failed effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio last year, a national pot policy group is taking the lead to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio.
In fact, although Issue 3, an attempt to fully legalize consumption of the plant, mustered only about a third of Ohio voters’ support in 2015, the measure helped spur the new proposal into action.
“The initiative that was on the ballot last year really energized a lot of people and sparked a lot of public dialogue that has gotten people interested in taking action,” said Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C., group that’s in the final stages of writing a constitutional amendment for Ohio voters to weigh this November.
MPP hopes to have the measure ready within a week. It will be modeled after medical marijuana laws in 23 states and Washington, D.C., allowing Ohioans to obtain marijuana if they suffer from qualifying medical conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain but not anxiety. [Read more at Columbus Business First]