Pot proposal problem: DeWine rejects petition for proposal to legalize marijuana


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to legalize marijuana in Ohio has failed to clear an initial state hurdle, though backers of the effort say they plan to revise the constitutional amendment.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday rejected a petition for the proposed amendment citing problems with its summary.

The group ResponsibleOhio is pushing to get the amendment before voters this year or next. It would legalize the sale of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use and create 10 grow sites across the state.

Among other deficiencies, DeWine said the proposal’s summary language omits that it would permit the sharing of specified amounts of marijuana between adults age 21 and older.

A ResponsibleOhio spokeswoman says the petition was for an earlier version of the proposal and revised language would be resubmitted soon.

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