Some Ohio officials were determined to change the state’s recreational marijuana law before it took effect last week.
Then they didn’t. Now, everything is pretty much up in the air.
Reminder: The Senate passed legislation last week, with Gov. Mike DeWine’s support, that would increase the tax rate, prevent smoking in public, decrease the number of plants Ohioans could grow, allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana and change the rules around THC limits. The House said, “No thanks” and came up with a proposal that more closely aligns with Issue 2.
Speaker Jason Stephens, R-Kitts Hill, said yesterday that the House won’t concur on the Senate plan. And they aren’t expected to take up marijuana legislation during today’s session. That means this debate is going to continue into 2024. The law currently stands as voted in by the public on Nov. 7.
“I think it’s really critical that we get this right as we’re moving into it,” Rep. Jamie Callender, R-Concord, said. “A backup is we always have (the Department of Commerce) making rules. They’re going to start rulemaking in January or February, and they can get a lot done.”
Callender has been part of negotiations with Senate leaders and DeWine’s office and said there are some points of consensus: Protect kids from advertising and clear up rules around public use. But they haven’t reached a compromise yet.
DeWine, meanwhile, was ready to sign changes to the law yesterday. Spokesman Dan Tierney said waiting for the…