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New Ohio Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative in the Works

A group of Ohio natives whose bid for a state license to grow medical marijuana failed, announced plans to draft a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana use and cultivation for anyone 21 and older.  The ballot initiative, preemptively called the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment,” is expected to be finalized next month and will require the collection of 305,592 signatures in order to appear on the 2018 ballot.

The ballot would amend the Ohio Constitution and provide for the legal cultivation, possession, processing, dispensing, use and consumption of marijuana by anyone persons 21 years of age or older. The amendment would control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana under a system that licenses and regulates the businesses involved; while also providing the lawful cultivation, sale, and processing of industrial hemp. Although cultivation and use would be legal, no public consumption would be allowed. Under the initiative, cities, villages, and townships could approve the number of commercial marijuana businesses that may be permitted to operate in their community, and local voters would be allowed to decide if dispensaries can open in their precinct.  Additionally, commercial marijuana facilities could be no closer than 500 feet from a school, church, day-care center, or playground. Ohio farmers would be permitted to cultivate hemp and compete with farmers in neighboring states. People 21 and older would be allowed to grow marijuana in secure, private locations inaccessible by anyone under 21.

The initial filing deadline for the ballot proposal is July 4, 2018. We will continue to apprise you of all developments pertaining to the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana in Ohio.

A group of Ohio natives whose bid for a state license to grow medical marijuana failed, announced plans to draft a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana use and cultivation for anyone 21 and older.  The ballot initiative, preemptively called the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Amendment,” is expected to be finalized next month and will require the collection of 305,592 signatures in order to appear on the 2018 ballot.

The ballot would amend the Ohio Constitution and provide for the legal cultivation, possession, processing, dispensing, use and consumption of marijuana by anyone persons 21 years of age or older. The amendment would control the commercial production and distribution of marijuana under a system that licenses and regulates the businesses involved; while also providing the lawful cultivation, sale, and processing of industrial hemp. Although cultivation and use would be legal, no public consumption would be allowed. Under the initiative, cities, villages, and townships could approve the number of commercial marijuana businesses that may be permitted to operate in their community, and local voters would be allowed to decide if dispensaries can open in their precinct.  Additionally, commercial marijuana facilities could be no closer than 500 feet from a school, church, day-care center, or playground. Ohio farmers would be permitted to cultivate hemp and compete with farmers in neighboring states. People 21 and older would be allowed to grow marijuana in secure, private locations inaccessible by anyone under 21.

The initial filing deadline for the ballot proposal is July 4, 2018. We will continue to apprise you of all developments pertaining to the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana in Ohio.

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