Ohio recreational marijuana legalization measure could appear on November 2020 ballot

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Another effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio through the ballot box is afoot, with backers of a proposed constitutional amendment now targeting the November 2020 ballot.

Tom Haren, a Cleveland attorney who also serves as an official with a trade group representing industrial hemp growers, declined to publicly discuss his group’s plans.

“We will have more to share when we file petitions with the Attorney General’s Office later this week,” Haren said.

Mike Hartley, a Republican political consultant in Columbus working on the effort, declined to comment for this story, referring comment to Haren.

Submitting petitions is just the first step in the complex and expensive process through which the public can seek to amend the state constitution. If Attorney General Dave Yost and the Ohio Ballot Board approve the group’s proposed language, the campaign then would have until July 1 to submit roughly 443,000 valid voter signatures collected from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties if it wants to make the November ballot.

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