Legal pot amendment heads to November ballot

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The group behind the push to legalize marijuana in Ohio has collected enough signatures to put the issue on the November ballot.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted announced ResponsibleOhio has collected a total of 320,267 valid signatures. The group needed 305,591 signatures to secure a place on the ballot, a number equal to 10 percent of total votes cast for governor in the last gubernatorial election.

After falling short to acquire the needed 305,591 valid signatures, Husted granted ResponsibleOhio a 10-day extension last month.

"I don't see any problem with it. I don't smoke myself. I think if they can do it responsibly and not rob people and not commit crimes to get what they need to get, then I don't see no problem with it; other states are doing it," said Joe Laker.

The ResponsibleOhio Facebook page declared on Wednesday the group successfully secured 29,509 more signatures to get the Marijuana Legalization Amendment on the ballot.

People in Cincinnati seem not to mind as long as there aren't consequences and limitations on usage and who can grow the green.

"It shouldn't be a factor I believe. It should be legalized and I feel like if they legalize it, the job should be acceptable and accept it if they are going to legalize it," said Rashonda Davis.

Though some are on board, there are other who aren't.

"I don't think that this is the right way to go about it we've advocate for marijuana to go through the FDA process," said Prevention First President and & CEO.

The sale of medical and recreational pot would be legal to Ohioans over the age of 21 if the amendment passes. A report by the Marijuana Policies of Ohio Task Force claims marijuana legalization would be a billion dollar industry and create 35,000 jobs in the state.

The issue will appear on the ballot during the General Election on Nov. 3, 2015.

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