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Bipartisan Ohio Lawmakers File New Marijuana Legalization Bill As Activists Collect Signatures To Put Issue On November Ballot

Bipartisan Ohio lawmakers have filed a new bill to legalize marijuana, offering the legislature an opportunity to take the lead on reform as an activist campaign works to place a reform initiative on the November ballot.

Reps. Jamie Callender (R) and Casey Weinstein (D) introduced the Ohio Adult Use Act, combining and refining prior legalization proposals that the lawmakers pursued last session on a separate partisan basis.

The bill would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and cultivate up to six plants, only three of which could be mature at one time, for personal use.

People with certain prior marijuana possession and cultivation convictions on their records would be able to petition the courts for expungement.

Marijuana products would be subject to a 10 percent tax, with revenue earmarked for K-12 public education, localities that permit dispensaries to operate in their area, substance misuse treatment, law enforcement efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking and the state general fund.

“We’re really at risk of Ohio falling behind. I’d argue Ohio has already fallen behind our neighboring states, and, frankly, where the public is on this issue,” Weinstein told Marijuana Moment in a

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