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Ohio Effort To Have Pot Crimes Expunged Takes Next Step

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The group working to get a marijuana legalization issue on Ohio's fall ballot has passed the next step in a separate effort to have some related crimes expunged.

ResponsibleOhio says its "Fresh Start Act" calls for reviewing and expunging criminal records for people with previous marijuana convictions if their actions would no longer be considered illegal under the legalization amendment.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine cleared the petition language Monday, a move that sends the effort to the state Ballot Board for further review.

ResponsibleOhio wants to create 10 designated grow sites around the state and says it has collected more than enough valid signatures to get that question before voters this fall.

A different group hopes to get a broader marijuana legalization issue on next year's ballot.