By Chris Vanocur, Published: April 6, 2015
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COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) — According to a new Quinnipiac poll, a majority of Ohioans now support recreational use of pot. Not only are these poll numbers good for marijuana supporters, but their “grassroots” efforts are also collecting a lot of ballot signatures.
“We’ve found in the first week of signature collecting, we’ve already exceeded 50,000 signatures,” Ian James, the Executive Director of ResponsibleOhio told ABC 6/FOX 28.
Supporters need 300,000 valid signatures to get pot on November’s ballot.
Then there’s that new pot poll. It shows 52% of Ohioans support legal, recreational weed. James says this doesn’t surprise him, because his numbers show even more support, about 57 or 58 percent.
As ABC 6/FOX 28 first reported last week, even opponents now think the pot measure will be on the November ballot, despite their objections, economic and otherwise.
“We don’t need to create another avenue for a small number of people to get rich off the backs of others,” Dr. Kevin Sabet told reporters last week.
Soon, supporters will be ramping up even more – sporting new t-shirts, airing commercials, and offering drive-thru registration to sign the petition.
“Voters in those counties can literally pull up to the petitioning booth be able to have the petition handed over to them, sign in their car, and drive off,” James said.
The poll numbers show even more support for medical marijuana, with 84 percent favoring that. owever, more than 8 out of 10 polled say they would not use pot themselves.