With Issue 2 taking effect Thursday, questions still loom about marijuana legalization in Ohio.
The statute legalizes the purchase, possession and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 and older in the state.
While the law is officially in effect, state lawmakers have indicated they want to make some changes to the statute, including public use, how much to tax and where to allocate those funds.
But beyond what state lawmakers will do, other questions remain. How, for instance, will employers handle marijuana legalization? What about police? And how will this affect public health?
At the Nov. 30 Akron Roundtable event “A Closer Look at Cannabis,” moderated by Andrew Meyer, deputy editor of news Ideastream Public Media, a varied group of panelists spoke about expected and potential outcomes and efforts of marijuana legalization.
When will the general public be able to purchase marijuana?
“What will happen on the 7th is adult-use cannabis for anyone over the age of 21 will technically be legal” to possess, said Geoff Korff, founder and CEO of Galenas, an Akron-based medical marijuana cultivator. Sales, however, will take longer.
The Ohio Senate is currently considering a bill that would, among other provisions, allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana to those 21 and older 90 days after the bill is enacted. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday that he supports the bill, and…