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Ohio lawmakers reintroduce recreational marijuana bill as ballot drive continues

A bipartisan group of Ohio state lawmakers reintroduced a recreational marijuana legalization bill this week.

Separately, a signature-gathering drive continues for a long-gestating adult-use legalization ballot initiative that could go before voters in November.


Ohio lawmakers have previously tried to legalize adult use via the legislative process, but without success.

A similar bill was introduced in the Ohio General Assembly in 2021 but didn’t receive a hearing.

If House Bill 168, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Jamie Callender and Democratic state Rep. Casey Weinstein, were to be heard and become law:

Marijuana would be legal to cultivate and possess for Ohioans 21 and older. Retail cannabis sales would be taxed at 10%, the same rate the ballot initiative proposes. Criminal convictions for marijuana cultivation and possession could be expunged. Commercial cultivation, processing and sales would be regulated by a newly renamed Division of Marijuana

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