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Backers of pot ballot issue submit signatures for Ohio vote
Group hands in proposed language and signatures to Ohio's secretary of state for certification
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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Backers of a plan to ask Ohio voters to approve the legalization of marijuana have taken the first step to put it on the ballot. Tonya Davis with Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis says the proposal would de-criminalize recreational use of marijuana in Ohio.
Backers of pot ballot issue submit signatures for Ohio vote

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“We just believe that they need to stop wasting our tax dollars on arresting, harassing, and tearing up families for using something that is safer than aspirin.”

Davis points out it’s legal to buy products made with hemp in Ohio, but it’s not legal to grow it and make the same products here.

Davis and backers of the proposed amendment have handed in signatures to state officials to start the process of putting the issue on the November 2014 ballot. At least 1,000 valid signatures are needed at this point to get the language certified. After that, the group will have to collect nearly 400,000 valid signatures to get a place on the ballot.
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