CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Proponents announced plans on Tuesday for an Ohio ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana one year after a push for recreational versions of the drug was shot down by the state’s voters.
The proposed state constitutional amendment, which would appear on the Nov. 8 ballot if a national advocacy group collects enough signatures, would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana with a doctor’s permission, said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project.
If approved by the voters, it would make Ohio the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Four states have gone further, legalizing through referendums the recreational use of marijuana.
Last November, 64 percent of Ohio voters rejected a measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana. Critics said the measure would create a monopoly, and argued that the legislation’s main backers were those who would have been awarded licenses to grow legal marijuana.
Opponents of marijuana legalization have said its ill effects include short-term memory loss and a path to more frequent drug and alcohol use.
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