CLEVELAND – Pro-marijuana group ResponsibleOhio joined local religious leaders in supporting a proposed law that would expunge certain marijuana offenses in connection with Ohio’s pot legalization amendment up for vote this fall.
Supporters met on the steps of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center Tuesday morning.
The “Fresh Start Act” would provide a clean slate for Ohio residents convicted of marijuana offenses that would be legalized by the amendment.
The group collected 242,000 signatures on a petition that was presented to the Ohio Secretary of State this afternoon.
A spokesperson from the ACLU of Ohio also joined the group of act supporters.
Possession offenses would be the main target of expungement. ResponsibleOhio’s plan would set legal possession at 1 ounce along with growing licenses of up to 4 flowering plants and 8 ounces of usable product at a time.
Should the marijuana legalization amendment pass this November, the Fresh Start Act would make those legalized offenses expungable from Ohio resident records.