The Evening Leader

Agreement reached for Ohio vote on legal weed in 2023


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group backing the legalizati­on of marijuana for adult use in Ohio and Republican legislativ­e leaders have reached a settlement calling for a possible statewide legalizati­on vote next year.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol sued the Republican­s in Columbus earlier this month anticipati­ng the GOP would argue that petitions gathered by the pro-marijuana group weren’t submitted in time to allow for a vote this November.

The group initially submitted petition signatures Jan. 28 giving the Republican-led Legislatur­e four months to decide whether or not to pursue a bill legalizati­on. The group had hoped to gather another 133,000 signatures to put the issue on this November’s ballot if legislator­s failed to act.

While Republican leadership made it clear they would not consider a legalizati­on bill, they also indicated the coalition submitted its petitions to the Legislatur­e too late to put legalizati­on on this November’s ballot.

The settlement calls for the group to resubmit its petitions on Jan. 3, providing enough time for the coalition to gather more signatures to put the issue before voters in November 2023.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States