COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans have been mulling marijuana legalization since this time last year, but a medical marijuana amendment planned for this November by Marijuana Policy Project likely will now drive the debate.
The D.C.-based organization has had a hand in crafting most state marijuana decriminalization and legalization laws in the past two decades. And the group helped activists in several states with successful marijuana legalization ballot initiatives.
MPP took a neutral position on Issue 3, last year’s failed recreational marijuana legalization measure that would have made Ohio the first state to go from prohibition to full legalization. Polls show a a slim majority of Ohioans support recreational marijuana, but as many as 9 in 10 support medical marijuana.
“We are committed to bringing a responsible medical marijuana initiative to the state and working with patients, advocates and professionals in Ohio to make that happen,” MPP spokesman Mason Tvert said Thursday.
Here are five ways MPP’s proposal is a game changer in Ohio’s marijuana debate.
1) Money and policy
Anyone who’s run an Ohio ballot issue campaign will tell you…