Ohio MJ Measure Secures 206K Voter Signatures
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Ohio MJ Measure Secures 206K Voter Signatures
Posted by CN Staff on December 21, 2021 at 09:48:48 PT
By Haley BeMiller, The Columbus Dispatch
Source: Columbus Dispatch
Ohio -- A proposal to legalize marijuana in Ohio is poised to head to the state Legislature after proponents got the backing of more than 200,000 voters. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 206,943 signatures to Secretary of State Frank LaRose on Monday for a bill that would allow adults to buy and possess marijuana. The group drafted its measure earlier this year and began collecting the required 132,887 signatures in August.
The process differs from the 2015 legalization effort, when voters rejected a constitutional amendment pushed by ResponsibleOhio that would have paved the way for adult marijuana use."Eighteen states have already legalized cannabis for adult use, including our neighbor to the north," campaign spokesman Tom Haren said. "Ohio is behind the curve on this issue and canít afford continued inaction."Once the signatures are verified, lawmakers will have four months to act on the legislation. If they don't pass the bill or pass an amended version, supporters can collect another 132,887 valid signatures to put the measure on the ballot for the next general election.The proposed law would allow Ohioans age 21 and older to buy and possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis and 15 grams of concentrates. They could also grow up to six plants individually and no more than 12 in a household with multiple adults. Products would be taxed 10%, with revenue going toward administrative costs, addiction treatment programs, municipalities with dispensaries and a social equity and jobs program.Ohio's licensed medical marijuana businesses would be grandfathered in to the recreational market. The bill also creates cultivation and dispensary licenses for applicants who are economically and socially disadvantaged, including those with marijuana-related offenses on their record. The legalization effort will go before lawmakers as they consider whether to expand the state's medical marijuana program. The Ohio Senate passed legislation last week that would:Let physicians recommend marijuana for any patient, regardless of condition:Increase the number of dispensary licenses in Ohio.Allow cultivators to expand their facilities.Establish a division of marijuana within the commerce department and remove oversight from the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to more efficiently regulate the program.Award cultivation licenses to processors that were rejected in the first round of applications, including two that sued the state over their denials.The measure will now be considered by the House, where further changes are expected.Haley BeMiller is a reporter 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: Haley BeMiller, The Columbus DispatchPublished: December 20, 2021Copyright: 2021 The Columbus DispatchContact: letters dispatch.comWebsite: - Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on December 25, 2021 at 06:06:31 PT
Merry Christmas
I hope everyone that has ever been a part of CNews has a wonderful Christmas.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on December 21, 2021 at 18:27:00 PT
It would be wonderful. Merry Christmas!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 21, 2021 at 18:25:56 PT
Merry Christmas to you. It was nice to see our state doing something but we have an anti MJ republican Governor so I am not sure if his signature would be required. 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 21, 2021 at 14:42:21 PT
M, Afterburner & everyone,
M,That's encouraging in Your neck of the woods.Yes, Afterburner & friends,Merry Christmas to all!
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on December 21, 2021 at 11:17:00 PT
Slow Progress 
Time's a wastin'. Let's hope the legislature takes this need for a Bill and ultimately a Law seriously with the social justice suggestions included. Merry Christmas to all!
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