Ohio marijuana activists on Monday submitted to the state what they say are enough signatures for an initiative to force lawmakers to take up the issue of legalization. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) said it turned in petitions with 206,943 signatures to the secretary of state’s office—more than required to get the legislature to act. This comes just four months after the campaign was initially cleared by the state to begin a signature collection. The measure that legislators would be required to consider would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for adults 21 and older, and they could also have up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. Individuals could grow up to six plants for personal use, with a maximum of 12 plants per household. Activists needed to collect 132,887 valid signatures from registered voters for the statutory initiative during this first phase of the effort. If the required signatures are verified by county officials, the legislature will then have four months to adopt the measure, reject it or adopt an amended version. If lawmakers do not pass the proposal, organizers will then need to collect an additional 132,887 signatures to place the proposal before voters on the ballot in November 2022.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 12/20/2021 14:14:00