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ResponsibleOhio Says It Will Sue Over Marijuana Ballot Language

ResponsibleOhio this week kicked off an RV tour of the state to promote its marijuana legalization initiative.
Jo Ingles
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Ohio Public Radio

Attorneys for ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana on the ballot this fall, say they’re taking the state to court.

On Tuesday the Ballot Board set the wording for Issue 3, the proposed amendment that establishes ten growing sites and would set regulations for pot sale and use in Ohio.  And Don McTigue, attorney for ResponsibleOhio, doesn’t like the ballot language.

“It’s not a balanced language and we believe that the language does not fairly inform the voters of what they are being asked to vote upon,” McTigue says.

But Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted – who personally opposes the amendment – disagrees.

“We took amendments from both sides and did our best to incorporate them in what we felt was a fair and impartial manner,” Husted says.

ResponsibleOhio attorneys hope to file the issue with the Ohio Supreme Court possibly as soon as the end of this week.