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Petition signatures delivered Monday to legalize pot

Petitions could be delivered as early as Monday as a push to legalize marijuana grows in Ohio. (FOX19 NOW file) Petitions could be delivered as early as Monday as a push to legalize marijuana grows in Ohio. (FOX19 NOW file)
Middletown could be the site of a marijuana grow facility. (FOX19 NOW) Middletown could be the site of a marijuana grow facility. (FOX19 NOW)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

The group Responsible Ohio is expected to deliver 1,000 signatures to Attorney General Mike DeWine on Monday so he can sign off on summary language for a proposed change in law that would legalize marijuana in the state.

Once that is completed, the group will have to collect 306,000 thousand signatures by July in order to get the proposal on the November ballot.

Under Responsible Ohio's Plan anyone over 21, who can pass a criminal background check, can own and operate a marijuana retail store. There would be more than 1,100 licenses will be available. A non-profit dispensary would be set up to ensure patients can get medicinal marijuana at cost. All products would be tested to ensure safety. All marijuana taxed at 15% flat rate.

There also would be 10 designated indoor grow facilities around the state.

One site has been identified as the corner of Todhunter and Yankee Roads in Middletown. Trenton-based Magnode Corporation own the 42-acre plot.

Middletown city officials have already voiced disapproval.

"No community should be forced by law to endure this type of operation without input and without a decision by the local community to accept a commercial pot farm as appropriate in their land use plan," said Doug Adkins, Middletown City Manager. "I believe it hurts economic development in the area and sends absolutely the wrong message of what Middletown is about and what we are working hard to become."

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