Medical marijuana may be on November ballot in Ohio

Medical marijuana could be available to an estimated 215,000 Ohioans with qualifying medical conditions by 2018 if voters okay a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

A year after Ohioans soundly defeated ResponsibleOhio’s for-profit plan to legalize marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, a national group with a successful track record in other states is pushing a medical marijuana-only issue for the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

The Marijuana Policy Project, based on Washington, D.C., announced detailed plans today for a campaign to gather 305,291 signatures of registered voters to put a medical marijuana constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall. The national organization will work through an Ohio affiliate, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.

“The Ohio initiative is similar to the medical-marijuana laws in 23 states and the District of Columbia,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. “The Ohio initiative will allow patients with a list of medical problems to use, possess, and grow their own medical marijuana if they have the approval of their physicians.”

If the issue passes, a newly created agency of state government would issue identification cards for people with qualifying ailments, and issues licenses to businesses to grow, process and selling medical marijuana to patients. People could also grow up to six plants at home.

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