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Secretary of State Frank LaRose informed the ballot initiative organizers their effort is 679 signatures short of what’s required for the November election.
A citizen-led initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis in Ohio came just shy of the required signatures to land on the November 2023 ballot, but the fight is not over.
Secretary of State Frank LaRose informed legalization advocates with the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) that among the 223,176 signatures they submitted July 5, nearly 100,000 were invalid, leaving the effort 679 signatures short of what’s needed to appear before Ohio voters.
Overall, 45% of the submitted signatures were rejected based on insufficiencies, whether that be they were from people who are not registered to vote in Ohio or the information provided was incomplete or illegible.