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Medical marijuana issue could reach 2014 ballot
Or it could be on this year's ballot if enough signatures are collected
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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The measure would allow Ohioans to use marijuana with a prescription.
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Backers of a plan that want Ohioans to vote on legalizing medical marijuana, and allow for hemp to be grown, have cleared another hurdle.

The state's ballot board has unanimously given the go ahead to the group that wants to put medical marijuana on the ballot to start collecting signatures to do that. The group must collect more than 385,000 valid signatures from registered voters in at least half of Ohio’s counties in order to put the measure on the ballot in fall of 2014.

This ballot measure would, if passed, allow Ohioans with a doctor’s prescription to be able to smoke marijuana. It would also allows hemp to be grown as a crop with oversight by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. 

There is a chance the issue could be put on the ballot this year but backers would have to collect all of the valid signatures before July 6 to make that happen.

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