Ballot board approves second medical marijuana amendment

The Ohio Ballot Board unanimously approved the format of a medical marijuana and hemp
constitutional amendment today, clearing the way for backers to gather signatures to put the issue
on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Supporters of the Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp Amendment must now gather 305,591 valid
signatures of registered votes from at least 44 of the 88 Ohio counties.

It is the second medical marijuana issues cleared to try to get on the ballot. An
medical-marijuana-only issue backed by the Marijuana Policy Project, a national advocacy
organization, was approved by the board two weeks ago. Neither issue includes marijuana for
recreational purposes.

The two ballot issues may compete with medical marijuana legislation unveiled Wednesday by Ohio
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, and other Republican and Democratic lawmakers. The
proposal, which must undergo public hearings in both the House and Senate, allows for medical
marijuana edibles, patches, plant material and oils.

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