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420 with CNW — Ohio Campaigners Submit 6,500 Extra Signatures to Put Recreational Marijuana on Ballot

The organization spearheading the campaign for the legalization and oversight of marijuana in Ohio recently stated it has amassed nearly tenfold the requisite additional signatures to present the matter to the public for consideration this November. Tom Haren of the CTRMLA conveyed that the group’s collective efforts garnered an additional 6,545 signatures.

During the initial days of July, the group formally submitted well over 222,000 signatures to Frank LaRose, the Ohio secretary of state. That number was a substantial surplus in comparison to the stipulated 124,046 necessary for the proposition’s eligibility on the November 2024 general election ballot.

However, the revelation emerged three weeks later that only slightly more than 123,000 of these signatures were substantiated. This revelation compelled LaRose to remark that the recorded verification outcomes signified an “inadequate count of valid endorsements.” Additionally, he made it explicit that there remained a 10-day window for the campaign to secure and submit the requisite supplementary endorsements.

With the recent deposition of 6,545 endorsements, proponents are confident that they’ve bridged the gap with a notable surplus. Articulating the coalition’s sentiment, Haren stated confidently, “This presentation affirms our continuous assertion: the regulation of marijuana finds favor amongst the populace of Ohio.”

Subsequently, LaRose’s office undertakes the task of verifying these endorsements. Should at least 679 of them be verified, the instigated statute will earn a place on the ballot this November, sharing space with a constitutional amendment aimed at safeguarding access to reproductive healthcare, contraception and abortion.

The proposed ballot measure advances the notion of permitting individuals aged 21 years of age and above to purchase and possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, along with the allowance to cultivate plants at their residences. In addition, a 10% tax allocation would be directed toward administrative expenses, addiction rehabilitation, municipalities housing dispensaries and initiatives promoting social fairness and employment.

If ratified, Ohio would assume the status of the 24th state to legalize recreational marijuana. The verdict of a dedicated election scheduled for Aug. 8, 2023, weighing the elevation of prerequisites for future constitutional amendments, holds no bearing on the marijuana inquiry, considering its advancement through the avenue of citizen-initiated statute progression.

Ohio initially legalized medical cannabis in 2016 via the legislature, culminating in the inauguration of regulated dispensaries in 2019. A precursor endeavor to legalize recreational marijuana in 2015 was included in the ballot but met defeat, opposed by a majority of more than 65% of Ohio’s voters.

If these additional signatures are certified by the state, Ohio could be on its way to licensing marijuana companies. Those companies will, in turn, create a bigger market for other enterprises such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX), whose niche is in supplying cultivation equipment, including for marijuana cultivation.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/ACTX

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