Republican Lawmakers Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill In Ohio As Advocates Celebrate Cannabis Lobby Day

On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Jamie Callender (R) held a press conference to unveil his new proposal that would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess marijuana. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Ferguson (R), would provide regulations for the licensing of cannabis growers, distributors and retailers.

Limited home cultivation would be allowed in the bill and revenue resulting from a 10 percent tax on sales would go to the state’s general revenue, law enforcement, mental health, addiction treatment, and recovery services.

The legislation also contains provisions to expunge prior cannabis records.

Callender and Ferguson will circulate a co-sponsorship memo to build support for the forthcoming legislation and aim to file the bill within the next six weeks. 

Momentum Building

Ohio's legalization momentum has been building in 2021. In July, Reps. Terrence Upchurch and Casey Weinstein began circulating a draft memo to their colleagues to garner support prior to formally filing a bill that would legalize adult-use cannabis, marking the first time a proposal allowing recreational cannabis commerce is introduced …

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