Ohio Board OKs Marijuana Legalization Effort For Ballot

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Backers of an effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio for medicinal and recreational use can now collect the thousands of signatures needed to get the proposal before voters.
    
The Ohio Ballot Board certified the measure as a single ballot issue on Friday.
    
The proposed amendment calls for adults 21 and over to be able to buy marijuana, and to grow up to four plants at home. It also proposes 10 authorized growing sites around the state. Marijuana purchased at licensed retail stores would be taxed.
    
The group ResponsibleOhio is behind the amendment. It must collect more than 305,000 signatures to get it on the November ballot.
    
The opposition group Drug Free Action Alliance has said the measure is backed by a “pot cartel” whose only motivation is greed.

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