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Proposed Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Legalize Cannabis in Ohio

OHIO – In an effort to establish a framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Ohio, a bipartisan bill known a the Ohio Adult Use Act was introduced earlier this month, the Ohio Capital Journal reports.

The bill, put forth by State Reps. Jamie Callender, R-Concord, and Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, allows Ohioans over the age of 21 to purchase, cultivate, and possess cannabis.

“Adult-use is good for our economy, good for our justice system, and the right thing to do,” said Rep. Weinstein. “Ohioans are ready to legalize cannabis.”

If enacted, HB 168 would implement a 10% sales tax on adult-use cannabis products, According to estimates from researchers at Ohio State University, the state could generate annual tax revenues ranging from $276 million to $374 million within five years.

Also among its provisions, the bill enables prosecutors to expunge minor marijuana possession offenses and safeguards against potential arrests and convictions for possessing cannabis paraphernalia.

Additionally, Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program would become the Division of Marijuana Control, and assume the responsibility for overseeing both the medical cannabis and adult-use programs.

“Through the expansion of Ohio’s successful Medical Marijuana program to all Ohioans, we will not only be building upon best practices from around the country but utilizing the lessons learned here in Ohio,” Rep. Callender said.

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