By LeeWEpstein

March 25, 2020

The only initiative proposing that Ohio citizens vote on the legalization of cannabis was rejected due to the lack of valid signatures.

Ohio Attorney General Officer Dave Yost said the petition received March 17 for a proposed cannabis-related amendment to the state constitution was rejected because it did not contain the minimum set of viable signatures necessary in order to be presented to voters.

The draft petition contained 1,248 signatures, but only 271 were valid, according to the Ohio attorney general’s office. A minimum of 1,000 signatures was required for the initiative to proceed. The petition was then expected to collect some 443,000 valid signatures by 1 July 2020.

Because your submission did not contain the verified signatures of at least 1,000 qualified voters, we must reject it,” Yost wrote to the petition committee.

The proposed amendment would have allowed Ohio residents 21 years of age and older to possess, use and grow cannabis. The state’s current law, passed in 2016, allows only medical use. Companies could also have applied for licenses to grow, process and distribute cannabis.

The proposed constitutional amendment also included provisions to promote social equity in the future industry.

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