Republican senators propose extensive changes to recreational marijuana programPosted by On

With just days until recreational marijuana would be legal in Ohio, Republican state senators have unveiled what they want to see modified within the state’s soon-to-be program that was ratified by about 57% of voters under Issue 2.

Sen. Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) introduced the list of changes as an addition to House Bill 86, which revises liquor control laws, and could now be the vehicle to push cannabis policy changes forward.

Home growth of marijuana would no longer be allowed under the senate’s revision of Issue 2, which also further limits how potent plant and extract products could be. Senators have retooled the tax rates and distribution levels, too.

The list of proposed modifications includes:

  • A ban on public smoking
  • Further limiting legal possession amounts to one ounce of plant material, five grams of extracts and 500 milligrams of any form of THC
  • Further limiting the potency of products by changing the THC content maximums to 25% for plant products and 50% for concentrates or extracts
  • Packaging and advertising regulations, such as barring edibles from being like a “realistic or fictional human, animal or fruit”
  • Setting the ceiling for the total number of dispensaries allowed statewide at 230
  • Enabling localities to regulate location of dispensaries or outright ban dispensaries in their jurisdiction
  • Eliminating any form of home grow
  • Increasing the consumer sales excise tax from 10%, under Issue 2, to 15%
  • Introducing a new 15%…

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