The effort to get medical marijuana legalization on the Ohio ballot this fall just got one step closer to success. The measure proposed by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana — backed by Marijuana Policy Project — was certified as having “fair and truthful” language last week by state Attorney General Mike Dewine. Dewine had previously rejected the summary ballot language, which caused OMM to rework the language and resubmit.
OMM is now almost to the point of being able to collect signatures. They will need 305,591 valid signatures by July 6th to get on the November ballot.
"Ohio is one step closer to adopting a sensible medical marijuana law that ensures seriously ill people have safe and legal access to their medicine," MPP spokesman Mason Tvert said in a statement.
Some of the highlights of the measure include a possession limit of 2.5 ounces for qualified patients, 15 large-scale growers with an unlimited amount of smaller growers, and a decent list of qualifying conditions including PTSD, chronic pain and HIV.
Many of our readers may remember that this is a battle that is ongoing because voters did not approve Issue 3 last November; in addition to legalizing and regulating cannabis for recreational use, that measure would have created a rather robust medical marijuana program as well.
Regardless, what’s passed is past and it’s time to focus on the future. People in Ohio and many states around the country are suffering because their choice of medicine makes them a criminal in the eyes of the law. They are suffering for no reason because being allowed that choice would harm no one.
Unlike last year when Ohio was the focus of the cannabis community, this year’s medical marijuana measure will be among over a dozen attempts at cannabis law reform in states around the country. But that, of course, doesn’t make people in Ohio less deserving to see an end to some of the suffering.