Ohio on the Path to Marijuana Legalization
by John Brazelton
The legalization of recreational cannabis is arguably one of the heaviest topics in the country. With more and more states allowing recreational use of marijuana within their borders, many people across the country are wondering when their state is going to be next. And citizens of Ohio might not have to wonder for much longer.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has planned a proposal that would allow adults over 21 to purchase, possess, and grow and cultivate their own home grown marijuana. After getting a green light from Ohio state officials, the coalition will need to gather over 132K signatures from at least 44 of Ohio's 88 counties to push the legislature to review the issue. The group hopes to do so by the end of this year or in time for the November elections of next year. Despite this goal, the coalition would be content if the legislature recognized their efforts sooner and acted on their own accord.
“The General Assembly technically doesn’t have to wait to start addressing the issue, and we’re ready to start working with them right now in real time,” said Tom Haren, the spokesperson for The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
If the law doesn't pass, the coalition is prepared to collect the same amount of signatures again for a second push in the legislature. A 10% state tax on marijuana, introduced in the proposal, would bring in an estimated $400 Million per year in revenue for the state.