A group of Ohio medical marijuana growers are at the center of a new coalition that’s launching a campaign to get recreational legalization on the ballot this November. By the end of the week, the Ohio marijuana business owners will file petitions with the state attorney general’s office to begin the ballot measure process.
If the effort succeeds at getting legalization on the November ballot, voters will decide to approve or reject an amendment that would allow those 21 and older to buy, possess and consume up to one ounce of dried flower, as well as grow up to six cannabis plants in a private residence. If the measure passes, Ohio could begin adult-use retail sales as early as July 2021.
Legalization Advocates Must Collect 442,958 Signatures By July 1
Tom Haren, an attorney from Northeast Ohio who has represented several Ohio marijuana businesses in litigation against the state and its licensing process, and Mike Hartley, a Columbus-based Republican consultant, are representing and working with the group of medical cannabis growers launching Ohio’s latest effort to legalize recreational marijuana. After submitting their initial petition to put the issue on the ballot, the group will have four months to collect nearly