Ohio voters on Nov. 7 approved Issue 2 to legalize recreational marijuana use by a margin of 57-43%, according to unofficial results and despite opposition from the manufacturing community and others. Ohioans can begin to possess and consume recreational marijuana starting Dec. 7. Legal sales will be delayed due to rulemaking by the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Because Issue 2 is an initiated statute, as opposed to a constitutional amendment, state lawmakers can amend or even repeal the language — and tweaks are already being discussed. According to this story by Gongwer News Service, revisions to the measure could be unveiled by year’s end.
Gov. Mike DeWine has called for Issue 2 language changes due to to concerns for children and highway safety. Both Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) and House Speaker Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) have indicated changes are likely — including tweaks to the law’ tax structure, revenue distribution, and THC concentration limits. 11/8/2023