CLEVELAND- The movement toward legalizing marijuana in the state of Ohio is taking another turn.
ResponsibleOhio, the group leading the movement, now is proposing that Ohioans be allowed to legally grow pot in their backyards.
Under the proposal, people over the age of 21 would be able to grow up to four plants on their property, provided they get a state permit first. The marijuana would be for personal consumption only, not for sale.
Lydia Bolander, spokesperson for ResponsibleOhio, said, “I think the biggest reason was just understanding the more we talked about our proposal that we hoped we could be silent on the issue of home grow and leave that to the General Assembly, but the more we talked about it with people in the community, with experts, it became clear we really had to address the home grow issue.”
The proposal calls for ten marijuana farms and testing sites around the state. Backers need to get 1,000 people to sign the amended proposal which includes the home grow provision. If the state approves, they will need to gather another 305,000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot.
ResponsibleOhio is confident voters will have the chance to decide the issue in November.