Pot legalization group files new signatures in ballot effort


Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – 

A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio says it’s submitted nearly 96,000 new signatures as it tries to get the issue before fall voters.

Organizers for ResponsibleOhio had to collect additional signatures after the state’s elections chief said they fell short by roughly 30,000 in meeting the state’s requirement of about 306,000 signatures.

Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office must verify the validity of the signatures filed Thursday.

ResponsibleOhio said it had initially submitted more than 695,000 petition signatures, though thousands were ruled invalid. The group says it expects to challenge the evaluation of some signatures that were tossed out.

The proposed amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the state.

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