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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ohio Pot Groups Stumbling In Medical Marijuana Effort

Posted on Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM

If only we had a pot superwoman.
  • If only we had a pot superwoman.

One of two groups trying to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio succeeded in garnering enough signatures to appease Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Sadly, what did not go over so well was the group’s proposed ballot language, which DeWine lit up like a fatty at Reggae Fest.

Further harshing their mellow: Revisions to the group’s ballot language must be submitted to DeWine with a brand-new list of 1,000 signatures, plus their milk money for the whole week.

DeWine’s distaste for the mission leaves backers of the constitutional amendment, known as the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act, unsure whether to proceed with the initiative, or maybe just chill in the garage for a while.

“We are still reviewing our options,” says spokeswoman Theresa Daniello.

Meanwhile, the group vying to get a competing bill before voters also stumbled out of the gate on cue: Its first 1,000 signatures were rejected by DeWine on a technicality in August.

If either group manages to withstand DeWine’s gantlet, it will be faced with the bonus challenge of procuring 380,000 more signatures to get its issue on the 2012 ballot.

On the plus side: If Uncle Ned needs a hit to numb the roar of arthritis, Tyrell in the parking lot over at the West 117th Street Target still offers convenient hours.

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