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Ohio GOP Senate Leader Says ‘All Hands On Deck’ To Change Voter-Approved Marijuana Law Before Legalization Takes Effect Next Month

Ohio’s Senate president says he’s on board with the governor’s plan to make certain changes to the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law before the first provisions take effect early next month. Meanwhile, the House GOP leader seems to disagree on that timeline.

It’s unclear what specific amendments Senate President Matt Huffman (R) will ultimately propose, but he said on Wednesday that he’s in agreement with Gov. Mike DeWine (R) that lawmakers should move quickly to revise the statutory law before possession and cultivation becomes legal on December 7.

“It’s kind of all hands on deck here,” Huffman said on Wednesday.

On the House side, however, Speaker Jason Stephens (R) said this week that he doesn’t see a need to rush the process of amending the cannabis law, especially considering that the types of amendments that leadership is discussing—such as potential changes to tax revenue allocation—won’t come into play for at least nine months as regulators promulgate rules for the marijuana program.

“As this ramps up, it would be better for people going forward to know what the law is than people begin spending money or taking actions and then the law changes six months from now,” Huffman told reporters, adding

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