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Well, well, well, …those who want legal marijuana in Ohio now claim they’re more than halfway to getting it on the ballot.

According to Fox 28, Ian James of ResponsibleOhio said, “We have over 160,000 signatures. By the end of this week, we’ll have over 200,000.”

This is no longer the wild west of weed. ABC 6/FOX 28 observed a handful of ResponsibleOhio’s 500 workers processing some of the 300,000 signatures needed to put pot on this November’s ballot. The group also says as the weather warms up, they may able to get as many as 13,000 signatures a day.

“We are shooting for over 700,000 signatures,” James said.

This is very much corporate cannabis. ResponsibleOhio freely admits it pays people to collect signatures. It also says it’s conducting extensive polling every week.

As James put it, “This is going from the tie-dyed to the suit and tie approach for marijuana legalization.”

ABC 6/FOX 28 also stumbled on to something else interesting about this ballot initiative effort. To sign the petitions, you’ve have to be a registered voter.

“On a weekly basis we’re getting anywhere from 4,200 to 5,600 new voter registrations and we’re turning those in to all the boards of elections,” James said.

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