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Ohio voters support medical weed, poll says

Three in four Ohio voters support amending the state constitution to permit medical marijuana use by patients with terminal or debilitating conditions, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.

Marijuana Policy Project, a national group that advocates for legal pot, is getting ready to launch a medical weed campaign in the state under the name Ohioans for Medical Marijuana.

"It has become pretty common knowledge that marijuana can be incredibly beneficial in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions," said MPP spokesman Mason Tvert in a written statement.

The poll, conducted Feb. 17-18, found 74 percent of Ohio voters support it while 22 percent oppose it. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana is drafting a ballot initiative and plans to start circulating petitions later this month, according to MPP.

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In November, Ohio voters soundly rejected a plan to amend the state constitution to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use. The proposed amendment would have granted exclusive growing rights to the 10 investor groups that were bankrolling the campaign.

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