COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Nearly 700,000 signatures were in boxes that filled a U-Haul today and delivered to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office.
If half are valid, ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana proposal will be on the ballot.
It would allow for medicinal use of marijuana and recreational use of marijuana, and Ohioans would legally be allowed to grow their own or buy it in a marijuana store.
Ian James of ResponsibleOhio said that legalization of the drug is “inevitable.”
“The reality is we already have people now today that are consuming marijuana, and I can get marijuana delivered in 15 minutes with a call a text or an email,” he said. “(It’s) not a matter of if it’s going to happen. It’s happening.”
Governor John Kasich, however, is against legal marijuana and there are others in the statehouse who feel the same.
There is a movement in the Ohio senate and the house which could stop any attempt for any group to have a monopoly on something like marijuana and would stop responsible Ohio.
If such a provision were in place years ago it could have blocked casinos in Ohio.
There are also attempts to make marijuana legal with no restrictions at all.
It starts to get complicated, but there are many sides fighting with each other to bring legal marijuana to Ohio, and control it if it happens.
“This is about democracy,” James said. “This is about allowing the voters to do what the statehouse has not been willing to do for the last 18 years. And we want to give and will give Ohio voters a chance to medical marijuana as well as personal use of marijuana.”