Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Citizen Cannabis Bill That Competes With Their Own Adult-Use Bill

Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Citizen Cannabis Bill That Competes With Their Own Adult-Use Bill
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<![CDATA[Ohio state Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, are already sponsoring an adult-use legalization bill, but that didn’t stop them from filing similar legislation on behalf of those whom they represent. The northeast Ohio Democratic duo filed bill language on April 20 to formally introduce the initiated statute sponsored by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), a citizen-led effort that met a 132,877-signature threshold to put its petition before state lawmakers, the Ohio Secretary of State announced on Jan. 28. The coalition’s proposed statute seeks to allow adults 21 and older to buy and possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis (or 15 grams of extract) and grow up to six plants per person or 12 plants per household. In addition, the proposal aims to impose a 10% tax on cannabis sales, with revenue going toward state costs to run a legalized program; substance abuse and addiction treatment programs; supporting municipalities with dispensaries; and social equity and jobs programs. If the General Assembly fails to act and pass the statute—or an amended version of the language proposed—within four months, as determined under the Ohio Constitution, then the coalition has the option to double its signature collection (roughly 266,000 total) by early July to put the proposal directly to the voters in November. “Marijuana legalization is overdue in Ohio,” Weinstein said in a press release to announce the 4/20 filing. “The hundreds of thousands of Ohio voters who signed this petition—and millions more who support legalization statewide—asked for action from our Legislature. Instead, GOP leaders have ignored them.” Specifically, Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, told reporters Feb. 9 (less than two weeks after the Ohio Secretary validated the signatures) that he won’t act on calendaring the CRMLA citizen proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis for floor debate in his…

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