Ohio medical marijuana amendment backers had little cash, campaign finance report shows

mmjfield.jpgThe national group pushing a medical marijuana ballot measure in Ohio never came close to raising enough money to run a statewide campaign.

Marijuana Policy Project’s Ohio political action committee, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, raised $473,822 during the first half of the year, campaign finance reports filed with the state Friday show. The PAC spent $767,000 during that time, mostly to consultants and firms collecting the 305,591 signatures of Ohio voters required to get on the ballot.

The report filed Friday showed debt totaling $143,201 to a signature collecting company and an outstanding $260,000 loan to MPP. Ohioans for Medical Marijuana spokesman Aaron Marshall said both have been settled and the organization is in the black going forward.

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