Athens News Reports:
The group plans to submit its proposal with the initial 1,000 signatures to the Ohio Attorney General’s office today (Thursday) or Friday. Once that is approved, a signature drive is planned from April to June, with the goal of submitting at least 305,591 valid signatures (approximately 550,000 gross signatures) during the first week of July.
Last November, voters in Ohio rejected a proposed constitutional amendment from ResponsibleOhio that would have regulated marijuana for both recreational and medical use. That proposal was defeated by a 36 percent to 64 percent margin with many opponents leveling the charge that the amendment would have written a marijuana production monopoly into the Ohio constitution.
The MPP proposal, meanwhile, is for medicinal marijuana only, and is written in language similar to bills the group has helped pass in 23 other states as well as the city of Washington, D.C.
The Ohio initiative would allow patients with qualifying medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana from retail outlets – and/or grow their own medical marijuana at home – if they have the approval of their physicians.
The initiative seeks to allow 15 “Type 1” licenses for large-scale grow operations. If voters pass the proposal, commercial interests would be able to apply to become one of those 15 licensed large-scale producers. Beyond that, the initiative would allow an unlimited number of “Type 2” mid-level growth licenses, MPP representatives said on the call.