Whether it’s called “direct democracy” or “citizen-initiated amendment,” there is a way for residents to change a state’s constitution. This is the path three pro-pot proponents are taking to get marijuana legalized in Ohio.
Following is the step-by-step process the proposed amendment must take.
- Proposed amendment is written and summarized.
- Petition drive seeks 1,000 valid signatures.
- Petition and amendment proposal (full text and summary) is sent to Attorney General.
- AG reviews wording to determine if it is a “fair and truthful statement” of the proposed amendment. If so, AG certifies the documents
- Ohio Secretary of State’s office’s Ballot Board then reviews the documents to determine that it is only one proposed law. If so, they certify the documents.
- Petition drive begins to seek 305,591 valid signatures. (The number is 10 percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election).
- Signatures must be from 44 of the 88 counties in Ohio.
- In each of those 44 counties, the total number of signatures must be equal to 5 percent of the local vote in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
- Signatures are due by July 1 to get the amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot.