Ohio’s medical cannabis industry flourished in 2021, but advocates envision bigger things for 2022


It’s becoming increasingly difficult to resist the cannabis reform movement in America, with so many places on the nation’s map transforming from “red zones” to “green zones”.  Last year alone, adult-use cannabis was legalized in Connecticut, New Mexico, New York and Virginia. That’s without even mentioning the stiff deliberation over bills to allow adult-use cannabis sales in 27 other states, one of which was Ohio. It remains to be seen as to whether or not 2021’s discussions over recreational cannabis will influence any real changes to Ohio’s law in 2022. However, experts are optimistic that cannabis legalization in Ohio could happen before the year’s end. How could recreational cannabis in Ohio become legal in 2022? The focus is gradually shifting from the 133,866 Ohioans who are already enrolled to receive/are already buying medical cannabis. With that being said, advocates are paying close attention to the signs that statewide cannabis reform could be nigh. For example, last year, Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy announced that it would permit 73 new dispensaries; submitted applications will be reviewed during the beginning of 2022.  Additionally, medical cannabis cultivators are now allowed to increase the capacity of their grow facilities and, in turn, churn out more products for the inflating consumer demographic. Consequently, this would prepare the state to meet the demands of an adult-use market, which is likely to overshadow the medical sector. Let’s take a look at the three most likely scenarios for cannabis legalization in Ohio: Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol’s Initiated Statute – Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol’ recently submitted over 200,000 signatures from Ohioans. Democratic Lawmakers’ proposal – Introduced by Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) and Rep. Terrence UpChurch, (D-Cleveland), the Democratic proposal would allow adults to possess and grow cannabis for personal and commercial purposes, as well as seal the…

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