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Current status of Ohio's marijuana legalization proposals

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Several proposals are in the works to legalize marijuana in Ohio.

The groups disagree in how each would legalize the drug, whether only for medical use or by strictly regulating where cannabis could be grown in the Buckeye State. Much of the opposition to a group limiting grow sites has been from other pro-marijuana advocates.

Read more about how the competition could hurt or help the groups here.

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All proposals would amend the Ohio Constitution, the most permanent citizen-initiated lawmaking route available in Ohio. The path to putting an amendment before Ohio voters is months long, beginning with submitting a summary of the proposed amendment and at least 1,000 signatures of registered Ohio voters.

The state attorney general then determines whether the language is a "fair and truthful" summary of the amendment. If so, the bipartisan Ohio Ballot Board has to decide whether the amendment should appear on the ballot as one or more amendments.

Once the Ballot Board approves, petitioners can begin collecting the second, much larger batch of signatures. Petitioners must collect more than 305,591 valid signatures -- meeting a certain threshold in 44 of Ohio's 88 counties -- to appear on the ballot. The deadline for the November 2015 ballot is July 1.

Here's a breakdown of the plans being considered and where each campaign is in the process.

*Last updated March 3.

Ohio Rights Group

Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment

Target ballot: November 2015 or 2016

The plan:

Ohio residents age 18 and older could use, possess, acquire and produce marijuana for medical use. Children would qualify with permission of a parent or guardian.
Declassifies hemp as a drug and allows farmers to grow it like any other crop
Requires new tests to determine impairment to replace urine or blood tests that may show someone used marijuana recently but was not under the influence at the time
Status: Approved by the attorney general and Ballot Board, collecting signatures to appear on the ballot.

More information: www.ohiorightsgroup.org

Ohioans to End Prohibition

Cannabis Control Amendment

Target ballot: November 2016

The plan:

Legalizes marijuana for personal use for adults age 21 and older and for medical use. Medical marijuana would not be taxed.
Voters could ban commercial production and distribution in their communities
Adults would be able to grow cannabis in their homes and farms could grow industrial hemp
Revenue from taxes and licensing fees would fund Ohio's public pension systems, drug education and addiction treatment
Status: Drafting amendment language, some details are available on group's website

More information: www.legalizeohio2016.org


Medical Marijuana and Personal Use Amendment

Target ballot: November 2015

The plan:

Legalizes marijuana for personal use for adults age 21 and older and for medical use
Establishes highly regulated industry, with all retail and medical pot grown at 10 sites promised to campaign investors
Adults over age 21 could obtain a license to have up to four flowering marijuana plants and 8 ounces of dried marijuana
Taxes marijuana 15 percent when grown and manufactured and 5 percent at retail locations, with most revenue going toward road repairs, police and fire protection and other local public services
Status: First draft of amendment summary rejected by the Ohio attorney general on Feb. 23; resubmited revised language allowing home growing to the attorney general on March 3

More information: www.responsibleohio.org

Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis

End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act

Target ballot: November 2016

The plan:

Allows adults over age 18 to produce and use marijuana and marijuana products and allows industrial hemp to be grown
Ohioans could possess up to 99 plants and 99 kilograms of marijuana for personal use
Would release inmates in prison and jail for marijuana crimes and expunge records for committing marijuana-related crimes legalized by the amendment
Does not tax marijuana sales but allows sales tax to be applied
Status: First draft of amendment summary fell short on signatures and was rejected by the Ohio attorney general on Feb. 25, plans to resubmit with more signatures