Ohio – the underdog, the dark-horse, the-little-state-that-could may be next to legalize marijuana. Responsible Ohio is now taking steps to get criminal records expunged for people who have violated the anti marijuana laws that are remedied by constitutional amendment — Issue 3 – This program is called Fresh Start Act, and will be voted on come November 3rd. However, if it passes, its NOT going to be like”Escape From New York” with prisoners being released in droves. Instead, those with convictions made legal by Issue 3 will be able to file a petition to the courts to expunge their criminal record.
More states need to focus on this. Colorado has done it, Michigan and Oregon are considering it, but there are currently. There are still 6 million people in jail in the US for under an ounce of marijuana. Thats 1 out of every 50 people in the US, still in jail for simple marijuana possession. If someone is arrested for possession of marijuana, and then marijuana becomes legal in their state, that person should no longer be wasting the tax-payers money, nor should they carry with them a black mark on their police record.
The Daily Caller Reports:
Ohioans with marijuana convictions could have their records purged if the campaign group pushing for marijuana legalization gets its way.
ResponsibleOhio is pushing the move and is also the main campaign group backing a proposed constitutional amendment — Issue 3 — that would legalize both recreational and medical marijuana in the state, reported the Dayton Daily News.
The ballot initiative would permit Ohioans to grow small amounts of marijuana in their homes, while commercial growing would be limited to 10 sites. The vote will be held Nov. 3rd.
ResponsibleOhio claims to have collected 236,759 signatures in support of the Fresh Start Act, which would allow people with convictions made legal by Issue 3 to file a petition to the courts to expunge their criminal records.