National group to release text of Ohio medical pot issue

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FILE – In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

CLEVELAND (AP) – A national marijuana legalization group is ready to release the text of a fall ballot measure that will ask voters to approve a medical marijuana program in Ohio.

The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project plans to post and discuss its initiative Tuesday.

Under the plan, Ohio would establish a marijuana system similar to those already operating in 23 states and the District of Columbia. It would likely allow people with serious medical conditions to buy medical marijuana from retail stores or to grow their own with physician approval.

The effort comes as the Republican-led Legislature is weighing taking its own action on medical marijuana.

Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal last fall to legalize pot for most uses, but the effort showed most Ohio voters do favor medical marijuana.

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