Ohio's uphill struggle to legalize cannabis use and sales has cleared a final hurdle on the path toward getting a proposal submitted to the state's legislature. Activists can begin collecting signatures for a 2022 ballot initiative to legalize cannabis.
The Ohio Ballot Board, a panel of legislative appointees led by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, voted Monday to approve the proposed statute from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) as a single issue.
The decision means the group can begin gathering the nearly 133,000 valid signatures needed to submit the proposed state law to the Ohio legislature, which would then have four months to act on it and pass it as is. If it does not act, the measure would then be placed on the Ohio November 2022 ballot.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost had initially rejected the CTRMLA's …