A proposal to legalize cannabis submitted to the Ohio legislature on Monday. A petition proposal submitted to the Ohio Attorney General who has 10 days to approve the project.
The “Regulating Cannabis as Alcohol” project would allow adults 21 years of age and older to purchase. Possess and grow cannabis for personal use. Possession of up to 28 grams (1 ounce). And individuals can grow up to 6 plants, 3 of which would be in bloom.
The State Department of Commerce would be responsible for regulating the cannabis market and licensing companies.
Cannabis sales would be subject to a special excise tax, at least 25% of which would go to a commission to ensure social equity in the industry. Half of the revenues would go to the State Local Government Fund . And at least 10% would go to local jurisdictions accepting cannabis shops.
Each municipality could to prohibit cannabis businesses “by the enactment of an ordinance or an initiated or referred measure. Although the issue must come before the electorate.
The proposed constitutional amendment also includes provisions to strengthen social equity. For example, the Department of Commerce would be responsible for conducting a study
to determine whether there has been prior discrimination in the licensing of marijuana in Ohio. Including whether the effects of the marijuana ban have contributed to a lack of participation of racial minorities in Ohio’s medical marijuana industry.
Adults should be able to use cannabis responsibly. Said Tom Haren, general counsel and spokesperson for the campaign, in a press release.
To be eligible for the November vote, the petition must collect approximately 443,000 valid signatures by 1 July.
While voters in Ohio did not vote to legalize cannabis in 2015, public opinion has since changed. Moreover, some pro-reform proponents had opposed the previous proposal for fear that it would give control of the industry to only a non-representative minority.
Cannabis prohibition has been used for many years to target communities of color in Ohio. Said Anthony Riley, a member of the support committee. In addition to the targeted communities of color, other sick, disabled and poor Ohioans have been unfairly treated for trying medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.
This amendment will help end many biased policies by ending the ban on cannabis, returning tax revenues to the Local Government Fund and ensuring that poor communities and minorities have a fair chance to participate in Ohio’s new adult marijuana program. He said.
In fact , Ohio legalized medical cannabis in 2016. Legal sales began in early 2019.