Ohio voters won’t decide on initiative to legalize marijuana until at least next yearPosted by On

Ohio voters won’t weigh-in on a proposed ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for personal use until at least next year. That comes out of a settlement between state leaders and a group seeking to make pot legal for Ohioans over 21.

Representatives of the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol sued to get a proposal on this year’s ballot, if state lawmakers didn’t pass it by May 28.

The lawsuit came after Sec. of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, said the petitioners missed a December deadline to submit signatures for this year’s ballot.

But in a settlement reached only a day after the suit was filed, the marijuana legalization group, LaRose, House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima), and Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) agreed that the petitioners can resubmit signatures in January. If the issue isn’t passed by next May 3, it can go before voters in November 2023, as long as the group can gather another 132,887 signatures.

Republican leaders have signaled they don’t have much interest in passing legislation to legalize marijuana. Two bills have been proposed, one from Republicans and one from Democrats. The proposal from Democratic lawmakers is almost the same as the one from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.

When he rolled out his bill, Rep. Jamie Callender (R-Concord) made note that it was the first time someone from his party had proposed a bill to legalize marijuana for personal…

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