Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a petition for the third proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana, faulting the summary of the petition language.
DeWine said Thursday the proposed summary of the so-called Cannabis Control Amendment contains too many inconsistencies regarding restrictions on minors.
He also says the proposed amendment contains no provisions for a partial ban of marijuana and related items, but the summary refers to a ban “in whole or in part.”
DeWine and the Ohio Ballot Board previously approved two other legalization efforts making their way toward voters.
The Better for Ohio amendment would legalize both medical and recreational marijuana and set guidelines for cultivation, sale and use.
The ResponsibleOhio amendment provides authorized growing locations and no registration required for home growers.
Also Thursday, the Ohio Elections Commission dismissed a complaint by another pro marijuana organization, the Ohio Right Group (ORG). ORG claimed that several members of the ResponsibleOhio organization had infiltrated and sabotaged ORG’s fundraising and signature gathering effort.
Attorney for ResponsibleOhio, Don McTigue, says it was simply a matter of several individuals who were helping ORG deciding that they would jump ship and support ResponsibleOhio instead.
Without considering the merits of the complaint, the Commission said it did not have jurisdiction. The complaint was dismissed on a unanimous vote.
ORG spokeswoman Mary Jane Borden says the group had collected about 150,000 signatures for its proposal to legalize medical marijuana. Borden said that effort has been derailed and she does not expect the ORG proposal will qualify for the ballot in 2015.