Ohio’s Secretary of State’s Office has officially confirmed that enough valid signatures have been received to see a vote on cannabis legalisation in November.
Earlier this month, Business of Cannabis reported that campaign group Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) had submitted roughly 223,000 signatures to the Ohio secretary of state’s office.
After a review found that only 123,367 of these signatures qualified, the CRMLA was given 10 days to find a further 697 signatures, seeing it submit a further 6545.
The state has now officially confirmed that enough of these new signatures are valid, meaning the vote to legalise cannabis for adult-use purposes will take place in November, despite medical use currently not being legal in Ohio.
If the new measures are passed, adults over the age of 21 will be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, while a 10% sales tax will be imposed on its purchase.
Furthermore, the proposals would see the establishment of a division of the Department of Commerce that would handle the licensing process dispensaries.
They would also direct the Department of Development to explore whether previous cannabis laws had disproportionately impacted particular communities.
“We are grateful to the thousands of Ohioans who helped us get to this point and are excited to bring our proposal to regulate marijuana like alcohol before Ohio voters this coming Election Day,” Tom Haren, spokesperson for the coalition, said in a Facebook post Wednesday.