Ohio: Marijuana campaign-sabotage case dismissed

Medical pot activists had said the founder of well-funded marijuana group ResponsibleOhio sabotaged their efforts.

COLUMBUS -- Citing a technicality, a state board dismissed a complaint that the founder of marijuana-legalization group ResponsibleOhio sabotaged the efforts of grassroots activists to put a medical-marijuana question before Ohio voters.

In a complaint to the Ohio Elections Commission, the Ohio Rights Group had said the people who went on to create ResponsibleOhio infiltrated the ORG to gain information and to dissuade potential financial donors. ORG accused ResponsibleOhio founder Ian James and others of promising help to ORG, then using the knowledge they gained to build their own, better-funded group.

The Ohio Elections Commission voted 6-0 Thursday to dismiss the case, agreeing with ResponsibleOhio's attorney that the board lacked the authority to rule in the matter.


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