Mr. Wolfe's released the following statement to the Ashland Free Press,
"I cannot approve, for adoption as a City Ordinance, a proposal which, in many ways, permits conduct which state law prohibits. I have assisted as fully as possible, notwithstanding the extensiveness of the proposal and the improper purposes sought to be achieved. The remedy for such a proposal is at the state law level, not the local level."
Ms. Sheaffer's stated goal was to bring the city's ordinance into accord with the state of Ohio's marijuana laws. She said at that time that Ashland's regulations are more rigid than the state's.
Now Ms. Sheaffer contends that her rights are being violated. It is her belief that it is Mr. Wolfe's duty to assist in getting the language correct so that the proposal can be submitted to the city council. She points to section 68 of the city charter which says,
"The form of such proposed ordinance shall be in proper legal language approved by the Director of Law, or upon request of the persons desiring to propose such ordinance shall be drawn by him in due form and the Director of Law shall render such other services as may be requested by petitioners."
The AFP asked Mr. Wolfe if this was an accurate understanding of section 68 and if indeed it was his duty to assist in crafting the appropriate language. Mr. Wolfe did not respond directly to the question.
Despite the proposal's denial Ms. Sheaffer has expressed that she intends to continue pursuing the reform through a petition and, if it comes to it, legal action.
She said, "I have been consulting with several attorneys. I am going to go forward and collect the signatures. Apparently what [Mr. Wolfe] is trying to do is illegal, so after I collect the signatures we have to sue him."
The last post on Ashland Sensible Law Reform's Facebook page (dated July 3rd) announced that signatures were going to be collected at Ashland's bicentennial parade.