The conversation around marijuana legalization is changing, and to acclimate, Legalize Ohio 2016 and its parent organization, Ohioans to End Prohibition (OTEP), are restructuring and working with other advocacy groups around the state.
“We have organized, and we are stronger than before,” said Jake Cabrera, Campaign Director for Legalize Ohio 2016. “I think it’s quite impressive with the budget we have had, that we’re pushing forward. The other proposals and other things that have popped in the landscape, they’re not a definite. We have a viable amendment in the field.”
Last year a constitutional amendment, backed by ResponsibleOhio, failed overwhelmingly, attempting to grant rights to marijuana cultivation to a select group of investors. The concept varied greatly from those applied in other states, and many voters were put off by its exclusivity.
This year’s initiative takes an entirely different approach, said Cabrera. Legalize Ohio 2016 and OTEP are collaborating with other efforts around Ohio to broaden their base and bring all of the advocates under one umbrella.
“Basically everyone that has the same type of goals in mind and…