Ohio elections chief investigating ResponsibleOhio pot petitions


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s elections chief named a special investigator on Wednesday to review what he calls “significant disparities” in a marijuana legalization group’s ballot petitions and said he is subpoenaing the campaign’s director.

The announcement by Secretary of State Jon Husted is the latest show of force by the state’s Republican powerbrokers against ReponsibleOhio. The group seeks to place a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would mark one of the nation’s most significant leaps in marijuana policy, taking Ohio from a complete prohibition against cannabis use to legalization for both medical and recreational use.

In another development, Attorney General Mike DeWine on Wednesday rejected the petition summary for the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment, which seeks to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2016.

Husted said special investigator David Bowers will explore why significant numbers of petition signatures collected by ResponsibleOhio were invalid and some physical forms...

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