Ohio Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Two Marijuana Legalization Bills, One Led By Republicans And The Other Sponsored By Democrats

Ohio Lawmakers Hold Hearing On Two Marijuana Legalization Bills, One Led By Republicans And The Other Sponsored By Democrats
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Ohio lawmakers held a brief hearing on Tuesday to consider two marijuana legalization bills—one sponsored by Democrats and the other led by Republicans. Both bills before the House Finance Committee would tax and regulate cannabis for adults over the age of 21, though they have significant differences between them. Neither proposal is expected to pass this session, but the hearing provided an opportunity to hear debate on cannabis reforms that some lawmakers framed as inevitable as activists gear up to potentially place a legalization measure on the November 2023 ballot. Rep. Casey Weinstein (D), one of the sponsors of HB 382, spoke first. Noting lost revenue to neighboring states that have already legalized cannabis, such as Michigan, Weinstein argued that his bill presents an opportunity for “investing critical dollars directly into our communities,” with funding for infrastructure and K-12 education, as well as general funding for counties and municipalities that host retail locations. Beat Michigan. Legalize weed in Ohio! https://t.co/Qk4SIve2UV — Rep. Casey Weinstein (@RepWeinstein) December 6, 2022 “For the first two years of the program, $20 million of marijuana tax revenues would also be earmarked for clinical trials into marijuana’s efficacy for treating veterans’ medical conditions and preventing veteran suicide,” Weinstein said. He also discussed his legislation’s potential to create jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities in Ohio, including through the expungement of some cannabis criminal records in the state, which create significant barriers to employment. “Arrests for marijuana possession have decreased dramatically in the last few years, but thousands of Ohioans are still arrested annually,” Weinstein testified. “This legislation will expunge records for non-violent offenders, allowing greater workplace participation in a shrinking labor force.” Refuting claims that cannabis legalization spurs violent crime, addiction, and other harms, he countered that marijuana actually has the potential to help people struggling with opioid…

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