Republican Ohio Lawmaker Announces Marijuana Legalization Bill, Reflecting Recent Bipartisan Shift On Issue

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For years, Democratic lawmakers have mostly led the charge in pushing for marijuana legalization—but that seems to be changing of late. The latest example is an Ohio Republican lawmaker who is announcing a new bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, a move that comes as activists are collecting signatures to put a cannabis initiative on the state’s ballot next year. While polling has shown that marijuana reform is increasingly a bipartisan issue, that attitude hasn’t been largely reflected in state legislatures across the U.S., or in Congress. But this month alone, new legalization legislation is being championed by GOP lawmakers in Pennsylvania and now Ohio. There have also been a handful of Republican-led pushes to enact cannabis policy changes earlier in 2021 sessions, everywhere from New Hampshire to Missouri, with GOP members either sponsoring their own legislation or joining Democrats on bipartisan reform bills. On Tuesday, Ohio Rep. Jamie Callender (R) will hold a press conference to unveil his new proposal, which would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess marijuana, according to a news advisory distributed by his office. It would provide regulations for the licensing of cannabis growers, distributors and retailers. Another bill proposed to legalize marijuana in Ohio – this one from Republican @JamieCallender. There’s already a bill to legalize from Democrats @tupchurch216 and @RepWeinstein: https://t.co/xVcKZerBwt pic.twitter.com/Fw8AiUanBK — Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) October 11, 2021 “As a society, we’ve reached a point where it’s not the taboo thing it used to be,” Callender told The Cincinnati Enquirer. Limited home cultivation would be allowed, the outlet reported, and half of revenue resulting from marijuana sales taxes under the bill would go to the state’s general revenue fund with the remainder being divided between law enforcement and mental health and addiction treatment efforts. Callender said “three or four”…

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