Ohio AG rejects petition to legalize marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the use of marijuana in the state.

DeWine on Monday rejected the proposal saying the petition’s summary was not “fair and truthful.”

A DeWine spokesman says the proposed regulatory scheme did not restrict the use of cannabis to medicinal purposes.

DeWine in a statement explained some of the submitted ballot summary’s “defects.” Among them is its mention that classes may be offered to explain to people the medical harms or benefits from the use of marijuana. Yet, DeWine said such language referencing the harms or benefits is not in the amendment itself.

The proponents needed DeWine’s approval before gathering the roughly 386,000 valid signatures needed by next July to get the issue before voters in November 2014.

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