ResponsibleOhio ready for next step to legalization

A worker processes marijuana in the trimming room at the Medicine Man dispensary and grow operation in northeast Denver. Colorado. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In just a matter of days, the final steps toward a marijuana ballot amendment will happen.

Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Office confirms with 2 NEWS they’re working to verify nearly 96,000 signatures ResponsibleOhio re-submitted in the last 24 hours.

The organization had to obtain nearly 30,000 more signatures. And that’s because state election officials determined half of the original signatures first submitted on June 30th were invalid.

The group’s Executive Director Ian James says all the originally signatures submitted were legitimate and came from Ohioans that want to see a change in marijuana laws.

ResponsibleOhio has put a lot of money behind funding this change. A report filed Friday shows the group has spent more than $2 million, most of it from investors looking to open one of 10 growth facilities.

That same money has helped push the effort forward that includes the last 10 days, the allotted time given to resubmit when organizers rallied to get more signatures.

James tells 2 NEWS he’s confident this time, the group will meet the mark.

“This has really been a fast-paced 10 days,” he described. “The next 10 days are going to show that we’ve collected more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot and this will be the first time that Ohio voters have been able to really, finally make marijuana prohibition history.”

If state officials find there are enough valid signatures, then the next step is for this to move to the state ballot board.
From there, officials would work on the words, you’ll see at the polls when you go to vote for or against legalizing marijuana.

2 NEWS will continue to follow this story and developments.

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