Ohio Attorney General refers Proposed Amendment to Ohio Ballot Board

(Columbus, OH): The Ohio Rights Group achieved a milestone today with the certification of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Certification by the Attorney General (OAG) represents the first step in a process that will place this proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution on the statewide ballot.

On May 7, 2013, the Ohio Rights Group (ORG) delivered to the OAG’s office at total of 179 petitions containing 2,058 signatures of purported registered Ohio voters from 60 Ohio counties. In accordance with Ohio law and upon submission of petitions containing at least 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters, the Attorney General (OAG) must determine whether the Amendment’s summary “is a fair and truthful statement of the proposed law or constitutional amendment.” On May 17, 2013, the OAG confirmed that the ORG’s “submission was accompanied by more than 1,000 valid signatures” and then certified “that the summary is fair and truthful.”

Upon rendering his certification, the OAG is charged with referring the proposed Amendment to the Ohio Secretary of State for determination by the Ohio Ballot Board that the measure contains only a single issue. The ORG is confident that its language meets this requirement.

It is with the Ballot Board’s certification that the statewide campaign begins. To make the ballot, the ORG will need to collect at least 385,253 signatures of registered Ohio voters, which represents 10 percent of the total vote cast for governor in 2010. This is indeed a monumental task, but considering its importance, the ORG is up to it!

The Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment is sponsored by the Ohio Rights Group, a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of Ohioans to make medical, therapeutic and industrial use of the Cannabis plant and supports the growing number of individuals, organizations and industries facilitating those uses.


Article 1: Bill of Rights in the Ohio Constitution: All Ohioans are, “by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.”