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The second annual Hemp Conference is aimed at educating the public about the benefits of industrial hemp, but some also used the occasion to push for the legalization of growing medicinal marijuana in Ohio.

Kevin Spitler, owner of the Toledo Hemp Center, said "With my mother's passing, I realized a lot of people in the Toledo area didn't have access to an alternative treatment."

Supporters of the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment are trying to get it on the ballot in November.

 Some are working to add marijuana legislation to the ballot on the local level. Mary Smith from Northwest Ohio NORML wants to decriminalize pot use and says Toledo can be a test case for the state. "It will decriminalize marijuana to the lowest levels allowed by state law. It will give them a chance to not worry whether or not they're going to jail because they use this for whatever purpose they need it: whether it be stress, pain or seizures... it goes on."

NORML will circulate petitions to get this ordinance on the November ballot in Toledo. They need 6500 valid signatures. The group will hold a press conference on Monday to discuss details of their ballot initiative.

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