NW Ohio group petitions for pot decriminalization

<font size="3">NORML organizers are shooting for 10,000 total signatures.</font>

TOLEDO -- More than 60 marijuana reform activists are petitioning to decriminalize pot in Toledo.

Theyâ??re members of NORMLâ??The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Toledo resident Paul Hopps signed the petition outside the Reynolds Corners Library.

â??Everything would be better,â?? Hopps said. â??Less gang wars, less drug wars, because itâ??s legalized, so they wonâ??t have to fight over it.â??

Some people walked right by the petitions. Toledo Resident John Doughty is speaking out against the legalization of marijuana.

â??I donâ??t believe we need another intoxicant legalized in the state of Ohio,â?? Doughty said.

NORML organizers are shooting for 10,000 total signatures. They want to get the measure on the November ballot. Linda Bumpass traveled from Cincinnati to volunteer.

â??Iâ??m pretty confident in the ground team here that this will be on the ballot,â?? Bumpass said. â??And thereâ??s support from the public in Toledo as well.â??

She saw that support first-hand when she collected more than 50 signatures. Bumpass doesnâ??t use marijuana, but she said itâ??s not a gateway drug.

â??Iâ??ve known plenty of people who donâ??t even drink, and who never used any other drugs, who smoke marijuana,â?? Bumpass said.

But Doughty disagrees.

â??Itâ??s just another way for people to escape reality, and I donâ??t think we need that,â?? Doughty said.

NORML volunteers are still tallying their signatures from Tuesday. If they need more, they say theyâ??ll continue to petition.