Pro-pot group pushes for growing at home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP/Eric Pointer) — A group pushing for a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in Ohio has rewritten its proposal to allow people to grow a limited amount in their homes.

A group called ResponsibleOhio is pushing to get the constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize the sale of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. Backers of the amendment plan to spend millions to get it passed.

The proposed amendment had called for 10 grow sites across the state. The group said Tuesday it has rewritten the plan to allow people over 21 to get a license to cultivate up to four plants at home for personal use.

It would have to be kept somewhere secure where no one under 21 could have access to it. They would also not be allowed to sell the marijuana they grow.

ResponsibleOhio had already gotten their required signatures and submitted their original proposal to the attorney general’s office, but with these changes they had to start over.

In a statement, ReponsibleOhio spokesperson Lydia Bolander said, “While that sets our timeline back slightly, it’s a worthwhile change to ensure that adults have the freedom to safely cultivate marijuana in their homes, offering even more opportunities for Ohioans while smothering the black market.”

The group says it revised the amendment so it would mirror the one recently enacted in Oregon. They also lowered the proposed tax rate for consumers to 5 percent

Ohio officials are opposing it.

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