Ohio Medical Cannabis Initiative Needs Work, Says AG

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has declined to give the green light to a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, stating that the summary language was not a fair or truthful reflection of the proposal.

In a statement, DeWine cited three problems with the “Medical Use of Marijuana” proposal by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, a group backed by the Marijuana Policy Project.

Number one, DeWine wrote, the summary language of the proposal states that not more than 15 medical marijuana cultivation facility licenses will be issued, but the proposed amendment has provisions for issuing additional licenses. Second, language on determining whether certain MMJ consumers are considered impaired is not clear. And lastly, the summary states there shall be additional ways to obtain registry identification cards after July 1, 2017, but the proposal lists that date as Aug. 1, 2017.

An MPP spokesman said Ohioans for Medical Marijuana would submit a new proposal this week, according to Cleveland.com

DeWine must also decide on the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment, submitted by the group Ohio Medical Cannabis Care, by March 18, and on the Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Amendment, submitted by Grassroots Ohio, by March 21.

A poll last month found that 75% of Ohioans support legalizing medical marijuana.