Ohio: Medical marijuana backers unfazed by ballot language rejection

The first stab at getting a medical marijuana amendment on Ohio's ballot has failed, but organizers of the plan say they're not surprised.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine found three "defects" with Marijuana Policy Project's ballot language, which it submitted this month after gaining the necessary initial 1,000 signatures. The AG's office found errors related to the number of large-scale cultivation sites being proposed, as well as sections dealing with identification cards and driving vehicles while under the influence of marijuana. ( Read DeWine's decision here.)

DeWine's office analyzes ballot language to make sure it's accurate and fair. Once it's approved, the measure is sent to the Ohio Ballot Board, which has 10 days to make sure it adheres to state law.

Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project, said the group expects these types of edits to its initiatives, and factored...

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