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After Ohio Becomes 24th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana, What Next?

by Jordan Arizmendi

Back on November 7, Ohio voters supported Issue 2, which legalized the sale, purchase and possession of cannabis for Ohioans 21 and older. However, it appeared on the ballot as an initiated statute, which means state lawmakers have the final say on what the recreational marijuana law will look like in Ohio. After all, the newly established Division of Cannabis Control must first complete the licensing procedures, before an Ohio dispensary can make its first sale.

On December 7, 2023, Gov. Mike Dewine emphasized the need to tailor legislation to prevent a “black market.” He added, “People will be getting it from many sources, none of them legally. Without this bill, people could be buying marijuana that has fentanyl in it.”

Other changes to the amendments of Issue 2 decreases the number of marijuana plants per household. Issue 2 was originally written to allow adults to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrate, and six plants per individual or up to 12 per household. House Bill 86 decreases the maximum number of plants per household to six. In addition, H.B. 86 maintains the most potent amount of THC at 35%, for plant material, but reduces it from 90% to 50% for extracts.  


Source: NBC

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