Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (Rep.) has granted an extension to Aug 4 to marijuana advocates to gather more signatures to get a legalization question on the November ballot.
Backers of the question needed to collect 124,046 signatures by July 25 to get it on the Nov. 7 ballot. LaRose determined advocates were 679 signatures short, but granted a 10-day extension to make up the shortfall,
Tom Haren, a spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, told the Associated Press getting the additional signatures wouldn’t be a problem as a majority of Ohioans support adult-use marijuana.
A USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University poll that came out July 26 found ~59% of respondents favor adult-use cannabis legalization, with ~35% opposed and 6% undecided.
The ballot proposal would allow those 21 and up to buy as much as 2.5 ounces of cannabis. There would also be a 10% tax on sales.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2016.
Multi-state operators Curaleaf (OTCPK:CURLF), Columbia Care (OTCQX:CCHWF), Green Thumb Industries (OTCQX:GTBIF), Verano (OTCQX:VRNOF), Trulieve (OTCQX:TCNNF), Cresco Labs (OTCQX:CRLBF), Ayr Wellness (OTCQX:AYRWF), Ascend Wellness (OTCQX:AAWH), Jushi (OTCQX:JUSHF), and MariMed (OTCQX:MRMD) have a presence in Ohio.