AG DeWine rejects petition for medical use of marijuana amendment

Attorney General DeWine said he found at least three errors in the summary language of the proposed amendment

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine takes a question at a news conference where he announced indictments against four additional people connected to the 2012 rape of a high school student in Steubenville, Ohio. Shortly after taking office in 2011, DeWine started hearing about law enforcement agencies that had untested rape kits. He asked all of them to send the evidence to the state crime lab to be processed at no cost to local authorities. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Friday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical use.

Last week, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “Medical Use of Marijuana” from the group Ohioans for Medical Marijuana. One thousand valid signatures from registered Ohio voters were submitted. However, Attorney General DeWine said he found at least three defects with the summary language:

  • The summary language states “no more than fifteen type 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility licenses” shall be issued. However, the proposed amendment contains provisions for issuing additional licenses.
  • The summary language states that the amendment may not be construed to prevent a person from being penalized for “operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or motorboat while impaired by marijuana[.]” However, the proposed amendment contains language which states qualifying patients “shall not be considered to be impaired by marijuana or marijuana products solely because of the presence of metabolites or components of marijuana that appear in insufficient concentration to cause impairment[.]”
  • The summary language states there shall be additional ways to obtain valid registry identification card under certain conditions after July 1, 2017. However, the proposed amendment lists that date as August 1, 2017.

“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment,” DeWine stated in a letter to the petitioners.

The full text of the letter and of the amendment petitions submitted can be found here.

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