A group supporting the legalization of medical marijuana has taken the first step to place a Constitutional amendment on the ballot in November 2012.
Supporters turned in more than 2,000 signatures to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who has sent the signatures to local boards of election to verify.
The group needs 1,000 valid signatures for DeWine to determine whether the summary is a fair and truthful statement. If so, the summary would be forwarded for review by the Ohio Ballot Board and the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The group would need to gather nearly 400,000 signatures to place the amendment on the ballot.
An April Pew Research Center study found that 73% of Americans favor their state permitting the sale and use of prescription medical marijuana.
At least a dozen states have legalized medical marijuana.
The proposed amendment is similar to a bill legalizing medical marijuana proposed in April by Rep. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Rep. Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown). The bill is in review by the House health and aging committee.