No deal between Ohio legislature, medical marijuana group to drop ballot initiative

 20472316-mmmain.jpgBackers of a constitutional amendment that would have legalized medical marijuana said they were not pressured by state lawmakers to abandon efforts to put their measure on the November ballot.
Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, funded by national group Marijuana Policy Project, ended its ballot effort on Saturday, days after state law-makers passed a bill establishing a more restrictive medical marijuana program.

Legislators may have been attempting to head off the amendment, but Saturday’s announcement came as a surprise. Legislative leaders and Gov. John Kasich’s office, which had been looped in on negotiations about House Bill 523, said there was no deal made with Marijuana Policy Project to end its ballot campaign.

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