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Ohio suit resolved by pushing adult-use marijuana legalization issue to 2023

An initiative to legalize adult-use marijuana in Ohio won’t be on the state’s November ballot.

Instead, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol struck a settlement with Republican lawmakers that paves the way for the issue to likely get on the 2023 ballot – or to be passed by the Legislature next year.

In exchange, state officials agreed that the coalition won’t have to start over to collect signatures, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

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“This guarantees the validity of the signatures we’ve already gathered, and we’ve got a much clearer path if we have to get to the ballot next year,” Tom Haren, a spokesperson for the coalition, told the newspaper.

It looked like the recreational marijuana referendum had a good chance to be on this year’s ballot, but GOP leaders then questioned whether signatures had been submitted in time.

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