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Ohio Moves Cannabis Vote to 2023

Ohio Moves Cannabis Vote to 2023

Ohio cannabis advocates have been working hard to convince state legislators to vote on a law that would make the plant and related products legal. Currently, Ohio allows patients with prescriptions to purchase cannabis to treat medical conditions. While recreational possession and use is illegal, it has largely been decriminalized for personal use, defined as less than 3.5 ounces.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has now reached an agreement with lawmakers after suing the state for ignoring its petition.

Cannabis Advocates Collected More Than 140,000 Signatures

The advocacy group needed to collect 132,887 signatures to get the Ohio legislature to vote on its proposal. It turned in more than 200,000 signatures. Earlier this year, the Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that only 120,000 of the signatures came from registered voters, putting the petition below the required number. The group responded by collecting 30,000 more signatures. After combining the two reams of signatures, the secretary of state said that the group had met the requirement.

Despite meeting the requirement, state legislators did not take action. State law says the legislature has four months to act, putting them beyond the deadline. Now, an agreement has been reached that the signatures will remain valid and the vote will move to 2023.

What Could the Initiative Accomplish?

The current version of the initiative establishes several goals, including:

  • Legalization for up to 2.5 ounces of recreational cannabis for adults over 21.
  • Legalization for up to 15 grams of cannabis concentrates for adults over 21.
  • Allowing adults 21 and over to grow up to 12 plants per household.
  • Creating a 10 percent sales tax that would benefit cities that choose to host dispensaries.
  • Creating an additional tax to fund substance abuse programs.

The advocacy group says that a clear path has been established to legalize recreational cannabis in Ohio. If passed, it will put cannabis products on the same legal footing as alcohol.

May 18, 2022Comments Off
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