Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney General has rejected a petition for an amendment to the Ohio constitution that would have attempted to legalize marijuana for medical use.

The group, ‘Ohioans for medical marijuana’ submitted a written petition to amend the state constitution last week, with 1000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters. The Attorney General said there were at least 3 faults in the summary language however and rejected the petition.

These are the statements he made as to why he rejected the petition:

  • The summary language states “no more than fifteen type 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility licenses” shall be issued. However, the proposed amendment contains provisions for issuing additional licenses.
  • The summary language states that the amendment may not be construed to prevent a person from being penalized for “operating a motor vehicle, aircraft, train, or motorboat while impaired by marijuana[.]” However, the proposed amendment contains language which states qualifying patients “shall not be considered to be impaired by marijuana or marijuana products solely because of the presence of metabolites or components of marijuana that appear in insufficient concentration to cause impairment[.]”
  • The summary language states there shall be additional ways to obtain valid registry identification card under certain conditions after July 1, 2017. However, the proposed amendment lists that date as August 1, 2017.

“For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment,” DeWine stated in a letter to the petitioners.