Ohio Marijuana Legalization Measure Gets Boost
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Ohio Marijuana Legalization Measure Gets Boost
Posted by CN Staff on August 21, 2021 at 08:18:20 PT
By Grace Deng and Jessie Balmert
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Ohio -- An effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio cleared its first hurdle Friday. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost approved revised language for a law proposed by a group called the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. Yost rejected a previous version on Aug. 5. The law, called "An Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis," would allow adults age 21 and older to buy, possess, grow and use marijuana.A 10% tax on marijuana sales would go to funding jobs, addiction treatment and community support for areas with marijuana businesses. Ohio's medical marijuana businesses, several of which are backing the plan, could automatically get recreational marijuana licenses.
The proposal would change state law but not the state constitution. The attorney general's approval is the first step in a long process that could end with the November 2022 election.The next step would be a certification from the Ohio Ballot Board, which will determine whether the proposal is one topic or multiple ones. If the Ohio Ballot Board certifies the petition, supporters would need to collect 132,887 signatures of registered voters to put the measure before Ohio lawmakers. Lawmakers then would have four months to respond. If they don't pass the bill, another 132,887 signatures would allow supporters to put the measure directly in front of voters on a statewide ballot. Ohio's Republican-controlled Legislature legalized medical marijuana in 2016 in response to a constitutional amendment from a national group.Bureau chief Jackie Borchardt contributed to this report. Grace Deng and Jessie Balmert are reporters for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Columbus Dispatch, Cincinnati Enquirer, Akron Beacon Journal and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)Author: Grace Deng and Jessie Balmert, The Columbus DispatchPublished: August 20, 2021Copyright: 2021 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: - Cannabis Archives 
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