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Ohio Voters May See Another Marijuana Legalization Effort Next Year

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Some of the people who brought a marijuana legalization plan to the ballot two years ago want to try to put a different one before voters next year, one that would allow both the sale and possession of recreational marijuana.

Jimmy Gould backed the 2015 amendment which failed overwhelmingly at the ballot box, and he was recently rejected for a large cultivator’s license by the state’s medical marijuana program. But he says it’s not that rejection but rather problems with the process that are prompting him to put an all-out legalization of marijuana before voters next year.

“Let’s stop this nonsense. This is crazy,” Gould said.

Gould says his new plan, the "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" amendment, would make growing, processing, selling and using legal. It would also keep the existing medical marijuana program in place.

Rob Walgate with the Ohio Business Roundtable says he wants to see the details.

“We’ve got to take off the wrapping paper and look at the exact language," Walgate said. "What are they trying to do?”

Gould says he’ll have more details about the plan in the months ahead.