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Fresh Start Plan Goes To Ohio Legislature For Consideration

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

A proposal being pushed by the group that tried to legalize marijuana on the ballot last fall could now be considered by state lawmakers.

Text from Fresh Start letter
Credit Ohio Secretary of State
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Text from Fresh Start letter

ResponsibleOhio, the group behind the pot legalization plan in November, has been pushing for something else – the chance for Ohioans convicted of non-violent low level marijuana crimes to wipe their records clean.  The plan is called the “Fresh Start act” and backers of it turned in more than 117,000 signatures to the Secretary of State. They’ve now been validated, so the plan goes to Ohio lawmakers. Now the General Assembly has four months to act on the proposal and if lawmakers don’t pass the plan, as written, backers of it can collect more signatures to put it before voters this November.

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