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Campbell man's pot petitions draw police attention

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - City police were dispatched to the corner of Wilson Avenue and Center Street late Wednesday morning when a citizen reported seeing an S-U-V displaying a sign that read, "Medical Marijuana".

When officers arrived, they found the vehicle, and sitting nearby was Corey Mercer of Campbell.  Mercer wasn't selling pot.  He's collecting signatures on a petition to legalize marijuana for medical use.

He's petitioning on behalf of the Ohio Rights Group, which according to it's web site is a "non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of Ohioans to make medical, therapeutic and industrial use of the Cannabis plant and supports the growing number of individuals, organizations and industries facilitating those uses."

The group's amendment would legalize the medical, therapeutic and industrial use and regulation of marijuana.

Simon Dunkle, media relations coordinator for the Ohio Rights Group tells 21 news that the Ohio secretary of state has given them until July 3, 2014 to acquire 385,000 valid signatures in order to get the amendment on next year's November ballot.  Dunkle says the group's goal is to obtain one-million signatures.

In May, State Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) introduced two pieces of legislation.  One would legalize medical marijuana and another would let voters decide if they want to legalize marijuana for other uses.

Since Mercer began his petition drive on the Youngstown street corner,  he says he has collected 500 signatures, and police have stopped by four times. Although Mercer says he doesn't have any personal need for medical marijuana, he says he has known people who could have benefited from it's use.

 You can view the entire amendment by clicking this link.


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