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Issue 3 Backers Still Working On Proposed Law That Would Eventually Scrub Pot Convictions

The group behind the marijuana legalization amendment voters rejected earlier this month has been given permission to proceed with a related proposal. 

Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

The Secretary of State says ResponsibleOhio has gathered enough valid signatures to take its “Fresh Start” Act to state lawmakers. ResponsibleOhio’s Ian James said it would allow for the scrubbing of records of non-violent marijuana offenses that will no longer be illegal if marijuana is legalized. “You can’t leave people shackled to their past indiscretions when the inevitable legalization occurs, so we’re still committed to making sure that that happens,” James said.

James says he’s working with faith groups and social justice advocates on the proposed law. Legislators have until May to adopt it or ResponsibleOhio will gather more signatures to take it to voters next year.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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