- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Marijuana would be legal in Ohio for both personal and medical use under a proposal that’s beginning its way toward next year’s ballot.

ResponsibleOhio, a coalition of legalization proponents, says it will pursue a 2015 constitutional amendment that would allow adults 21 and older to access marijuana as they do alcohol: through a system that’s taxed and regulated by the state. Taxes would be distributed by some formula to local communities.

Spokeswoman Lydia Bolander said lifting Ohio’s pot prohibition would increase safety and “smother the black market,” reducing those jailed for marijuana-related offenses and encouraging small business growth.

Bolander said the measure calls for establishing 10 authorized growing locations. It also gives local communities the power to approve or deny retail locations through subsequent votes.

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