OHIO – Ohioans are preparing to cast their votes on a recreational marijuana proposal that would grant adults the ability to purchase and possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis and 15 grams of concentrates, as well as cultivate up to six plants individually or 12 in a household with multiple adults.
According to The Review, Tom Heren from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, highlight the limitations of the current medical marijuana program, which restricts access for patients with qualifying conditions.
“Ohioans have seen the success of our medical marijuana program, but they’ve also seen too many people unable to get access for conditions that don’t qualify,” said Heren.
Opposition led by Protect Ohio Workers and Families equates the proposal to “Big Tobacco,” arguing that it primarily benefits corporations at the expense of children and society.
The coalition calls the issue “a welfare program for drug dealers” and “a rigged game for a few greedy investors who want to change Ohio’s law for their own gain.”
Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board shares these worries, referencing statistics that reveal increased usage and reduced perception of harm among children after medical cannabis legalization.
If the proposal secures voter approval, recreational marijuana could become available for purchase by late next year, potentially sidelining the black market.
The measure is projected to generate over $400 million in annual tax revenue, featuring a 10% sales tax. A significant portion of these funds will support social equity programs and substance abuse treatment.