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Legal Pot Backers Deliver Nearly 700,000 Signatures

Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Supporters of legalized marijuana deliver boxes of petitions to the Ohio Secretary of State's Office

A campaign to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use in Ohio began delivering hundreds of thousands of petition signatures in its effort to get the issue before voters.

Organizers for ResponsibleOhio said Tuesday they were submitting more than 695,000 signatures to Secretary of State Jon Husted. That's more than the roughly 306,000 needed to qualify for November's ballot. 

Husted's office will review the signatures and make the determination.

The amendment would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around the state.

State lawmakers were scrambling Tuesday to finalize a separate ballot issue that would block such use of the Constitution for private economic benefit. Husted believes the legislative measure could trump the legalization question if both pass.