Medical-marijuana backers can begin collecting signatures

A skeptical Ohio Ballot Board today gave supporters of a medical marijuana constitutional
amendment the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for the fall election.

The board, with only three members present, voted 3-0 to approve the proposal by the Marijuana
Policy Project, a national organization working with Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, a state
affiliate. The group must gather 305,591 valid signatures of registered Ohio voters to put the
issue on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

If approved,
the amendment would allow people with qualifying medical conditions, such as
cancer, seizures disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses, to more at