The Ohio Attorney General's Office received a revised petition on Friday, Aug. 20 for a proposed statute that would add a chapter to the Ohio Revised Code and regulate cannabis use by adults.

A previous version of this petition was sent, but was rejected on Aug. 5.

The Attorney General's Office received a resubmitted summary language for "An Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis" on Friday, Aug. 13. If passed, this would require the state to authorize adults age 21 and over to to use cannabis and regulate the cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession and home growth.

The revised petition was accepted and a certification has been submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State. Now the Ohio Ballot Board must determine whether this proposal contains a single law or multiple laws. If certified, the board must collect signatures from registered voters equal to at least 3% of the vote cast in the last gubernatorial election.

These signatures must come from voters in at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, and the number for each county must equal at least 1.5% of the vote cast in the last gubernatorial election.

The petition must be filed with the Secretary of State at least 10 days prior to the commencement of any session of the Ohio General Assembly. If the petition is verified and has a sufficient amount of signatures, the Secretary of State will send it to the General Assembly as soon as it convenes. 

The General Assembly will then have four months to act on the proposed law. If passed, the law will be subject to the referendum. If the law is not passed or is passed in an amended form or no action is taken after four months, a supplemental petition may be circulated by petitioners to submit the proposed law to voters by the next general election.