Ohio voters will once again have the chance to legalize adult-use marijuana eight years after a proposed constitutional amendment that would have made it legal was rejected.
On Tuesday, November 7, there will be a vote on two ballot issues. One, Issue 1, concerns the right to abortion and reproductive health care, aiming to include these rights in the state constitution. The other, Issue 2, is an initiated statute seeking to legalize adult-use marijuana for adults aged 21 and older.
If it passes, Ohio will become the 24th state to legalize adult-use marijuana, a step that proponents argue would boost social equity and the state’s economy.
The proposed legislation would grant Ohio residents aged 21 and above the right to possess 2.5 ounces (70.8 grams) of marijuana and up to 15 grams of extract. Additionally, they would have the option to cultivate up to six plants individually or a maximum of 12 plants collectively.
A 10% tax would be imposed on marijuana products in addition to Ohio’s standard sales tax. This revenue would be allocated for various purposes, with 36% designated for the marijuana social equity and jobs fund, another 36% for the host community marijuana facilities fund, 25% for substance abuse programs, and 3% for the Division of Cannabis Control and Tax Commission Fund.
The proposal includes a social equity program to provide financial support for…