New marijuana ballot language approved after Ohio Supreme Court strikes certain portions

According to, after the Ohio Supreme Court struck down portions of the Ohio Ballot Board's language for the marijuana legalization amendment last week, the Board adopted revised language that satisfies its members as well as ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the amendment. Last Wednesday, the Ohio Supreme Court found four parts of the language adopted by the board to be misleading and ordered the board to reconvene to adopt appropriate language. Specifically, the Court found:

  • That the provision which was supposed to prohibit marijuana establishments within 1000 ft. of churches, libraries, schools and daycare centers actually said that it permitted the establishments in those locations,
  • That the language didn't indicate that people who were permitted to grow up to 8 ounces of marijuana had to be licensed by the state and that even if they are, they are not allowed to transport it,
  • That the language did not indicate that stores selling marijuana had to be licensed by the state and that local electors had to approve the licenses, giving residents the ability to veto the stores in their neighborhoods, and
  • That the language says that more growth sites can be added in four years, but doesn't indicate that this would only be permitted if the existing sites couldn't keep up with demand.

The Court upheld the title of the measure, which includes the word "monopoly," finding that it was not “inaccurate, incorrect, or illegal, confusing, misleading, or argumentative, or persuasive in nature."

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