The start of 2016 brought some changes to the landscape of Ohio’s marijuana legalization efforts — including the arrival of a national organization that wants Ohio to be the 24th “medical marijuana state.”
That group, The Marijuana Policy Project, announced this week that they are working on an initiative to legalize the drug in Ohio, and looking for an organizer to head up operations in the state. “The 2016 campaign … is focusing only on medical marijuana, which enjoys a high level of support among Ohio voters,” according to the D.C. group’s website.
Their initiative would allow individuals with “serious medical conditions” to purchase or grow marijuana with a physician’s permission.
According to their website, the group is “supporting” legalization initiatives in Arizona, Massachusetts and Nevada, and is part of a coalition of groups campaigning for legalization in California.
“They’re a very powerful group,” Marcie Seidel, executive director of the Drug-Free Action Alliance said. “And just (promoting) medicine rather than the full legalization, people are sort of softer to that.”
Meanwhile, ResponsibleOhio, the group behind last year’s failed Issue 3 ballot…