COLUMBUS, Ohio — The only group actively collecting signatures to put a marijuana legalization measure on the Ohio ballot this year has paused its campaign.
Instead, the Legalize Ohio 2016 campaign will work with Marijuana Policy Project on its medical marijuana measure and with marijuana activists trying to reduce criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
The campaign told supporters Wednesday that is could not raise the money for a successful ballot measure campaign. Its political action committee, Ohioans to End Prohibition, reported having only $268 in the bank at the end of January.
Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana use — all had a medical marijuana system in place before voters approved recreational use. Legalize Ohio 2016 spokesman Michael Hiles said Ohio probably isn’t ready for a recreational measure.
Hiles said the group’s Cannabis Control Amendment was drafted last year in response to another recreational marijuana measure, Issue 3, which voters handily rejected in November.
“Nobody anticipated MPP coming to the state and we’re hoping this is…