Advocates of a proposal to amend the constitution in Ohio in order to decriminalize medical marijuana announced on Tuesday that they will wait one more year to introduce the matter on the ballot.
The Ohio Rights Group gathered over 100,000 signatures in support of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Act, which is less than at least 385,000 signatures of registered voters across the state that are required to qualify the issue for the ballot.
“Although all of the achievements cited are unprecedented in our state, we are not at the point we would need to be at to put this issue before the people of Ohio in this election year,” said Ohio Rights Group President John Pardee, according to Cleveland.com.
The signatures that are already collected may be used to qualify the issue for a ballot in future. The Ohio Cannabis Rights Act will allow cultivation and use of medical marijuana in Ohio, with patients suffering from chronic conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and cancer being permitted to use the drug. Minors will be allowed to access the drug with written permission of the parent or guardian.
A poll conducted in February found out that 87 percent of registered voters in Ohio are in favor of using medical marijuana, with over half of the respondents saying they never sampled marijuana.
The marijuana bill was introduced in 2013 by Rep. Bob Hagan (D-Youngstown). So far, the bill has been heard by one committee and lawmakers are widely expected not to decide on its fate until after Election Day. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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