Tag: Ohio

Ohio Recreational Marijuana Sales Could Launch In June Under Regulators’ Expedited Plan, Lawmaker Says

April 12, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Ohio marijuana sales could launch as soon as June under a regulatory plan that a legislative rulemaking committee is set to approve as lawmakers’ plans to revise the voter-approved legalization law continue to stall out. Regulators have until September to start issuing cannabis business licenses under the ballot initiative that was approved last November, but the Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) has devised a plan to start granting dual licenses to existing medical marijuana operators to begin serving adult consumers… Read more.

Ohio recreational cannabis launch stymied by GOP dispute

April 8, 2024 ·

Infighting among Ohio Republican lawmakers is threatening the rules promulgation process for the voter-approved adult-use cannabis market and delaying when products will actually be available for purchase in the state. Issue 2, which passed with a 57-43% margin in November, allows adults 21 and older to consume cannabis in all of its main forms, as well as grow up to six plants per individual or 12 per household. However, the delay stems from expected disagreement between the Republican-controlled state Senate and House. The Senate passed… Read more.

Ohio One Step Closer to Legal Cannabis Sales Under Newly Unveiled Rules

April 8, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Ohio cannabis regulators last week released the latest draft rules for the state’s adult-use cannabis program, 21-WFMJ reports. Under the draft rules unveiled on April 3, only individuals aged 21+ or medical cannabis patients are allowed to enter licensed dispensaries, and the retailers must be located at least 500 feet away from schools, public libraries, and public parks and playgrounds. The latest draft rules also allow for legal online sales with in-store or curbside pick-up — the rules also allow for drive-up… Read more.

Wholesale Flower Tops $2K per Pound in 3 States

April 4, 2024 · MG Magazine

The average price for a pound of cannabis flower fell 8.1 percent nationally in 2023 to around $995, but cultivators in Alaska, Ohio, and Missouri still enjoy the hefty wholesale prices from a largely bygone era. According to a new report from Leaflink, Alaska leads the country with an average wholesale flower price of $2,374.74 per pound, followed by Ohio at $2,282.70 and Missouri at $2,065.88. It’s worth noting the report presents Ohio’s pricing data in grams to align with how… Read more.

Bipartisan Majorities Want Congress To Pass Bill Protecting States’ Rights To Legalize Marijuana, Poll Of Voters In Three States Finds

March 27, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

A strong majority of voters—including more than 60 percent of Republicans—support congressional legislation to protect states’ rights to set their own marijuana laws, according to a new poll of three states. The survey, commissioned by the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR), focused on Missouri, Ohio and Wyoming. It asked voters 21 and older about their views on the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act. The bill, which is being led by Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)… Read more.

Ohio Governor Demands Delta-8 Crackdown as Part of Cannabis Legislation

January 17, 2024 · Green Market Report

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called for state lawmakers to ban “intoxicating hemp” goods, including all delta-8 products, as part of their work on amending Issue 2, the ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana last November. On Wednesday, DeWine said at a press conference that a law enforcement sting operation had caught at least one gas station selling hemp-based delta-8 goods to minors, Fox 8 News reported. During the gathering with reporters, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Andy Wilson showed pictures of THC-infused… Read more.

Ohio Governor Calls For Ban On Intoxicating Hemp Products

January 9, 2024 · High Times

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine last week called on state lawmakers to pass legislation to ban hemp products with psychotropic cannabinoids such as delta-8 THC, saying that the intoxicating products pose a risk to children. The legislature reconvenes this month, with lawmakers already planning to consider new legislation to regulate recreational marijuana, which was legalized by the state’s voters in November.  The House of Representatives is expected to return to the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, two weeks earlier than planned. The… Read more.

Ohio GOP Governor Pushes Lawmakers To Allow Marijuana Sales ‘Very Quickly’ And Ban Intoxicating Hemp Products

January 3, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Ohio’s Republican governor is adamant that lawmakers must pass legislation as soon as possible to expedite regulated recreational marijuana sales and also ban purchases of intoxicating hemp products. With the legislature coming back into session for the new year, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said “we just need to get something done” to address the adult-use sales rollout timeline under a voter-approved legalization law that took effect last month. It’s a “strange situation” the state has found itself in, he said,… Read more.

Ohio Doctor Debunks Fentanyl-Laced Pot Myth Perpetuated by Governors

December 13, 2023 · High Times

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine claimed last week that fentanyl-laced pot is a threat to the state as he urged last-minute changes to the law Ohio voters approved last month, but one doctor—trained in the field of overdose prevention—said those stories have been debunked and shouldn’t be perpetuated by leaders. Instead, they should focus on real issues such as fentanyl that’s administered in other ways. On Nov. 7, voters in Ohio approved a ballot proposal, Issue 2, to legalize adult-use cannabis,… Read more.

Ohio Bills To Change Voter-Approved Marijuana Law Pushed Back To 2024 As House Committee Holds Third Hearing On GOP Proposal

December 13, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Ohio lawmakers will not be amending the state’s voter-approved marijuana law this year despite a Republican-led push to expedite changes. The Senate has passed a bill to make changes, and a House committee has held a series of hearings on a different proposal, but the legislature will not be sending any reform measure to the governor’s desk by the time lawmakers head home for the holiday break this week. The House Finance Committee took public testimony on a cannabis legalization amendment… Read more.

Ohio Senate Redirects Cannabis Tax Revenue to Law Enforcement

December 12, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Ohio Senate passed a bill last week to change the state’s adult-use cannabis law, WTAP reports. The measure, passed on the day the voter-approved law took effect, would raise the excise tax on cannabis products from 10% to 15% and change how those tax dollars are spent.   Under the proposal, more than half of adult-use tax revenues would be earmarked for law enforcement and jail construction, while the other half would be used for drug treatment and related programs.  The voter-approved measure had created… Read more.

Ohio Congressman To File Federal Cannabis Legalization Bill

December 8, 2023 · High Times

Republican U.S. Representative David Joyce of Ohio will soon introduce a new bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level, according to a report from Forbes published on Wednesday.  The new legislation is characterized as a “modernized” version of a bill Joyce introduced in 2019 known as the STATES Act. Although the measure has not yet been formally introduced in the House of Representatives, a draft of Joyce’s new bill is titled the STATES 2.0 Act.  If passed, the legislation would remove cannabis from… Read more.

Ohio Cannabis Legalization Takes Effect Today

December 8, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Adult-use cannabis is now legal in Ohio after provisions from Issue 2 — the popular legalization proposal approved by voters in early November — took effect today, 30 days after the election. Under the new law, adults aged 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and/or up to 15 grams of extracts. Additionally, adults can grow up to six cannabis plants at home for personal use. According to the cannabis legalization advocacy group NORML, the shift in Ohio marks the… Read more.

Ohio Senators Take Testimony On Controversial Marijuana Legalization Overhaul As House Republican Files Alternative Bill

December 6, 2023 ·

Ohio senators held a second meeting on a bill to significantly change the state’s marijuana legalization law that’s set to take effect this week, hearing public testimony amid sharp criticism of the GOP-led effort. In other chamber, meanwhile, a Republican representative has filed alternative legislation that would largely preserve what voters approved at the ballot, with certain exceptions such as a proposed ban on sharing cannabis between adults. One day after the Senate General Government Committee gave initial approval to the cannabis… Read more.

Budtenders at Columbus, Ohio Dispensary First in State to Join Teamsters

November 28, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Budtenders at Strawberry Fields in Columbus, Ohio last week voted to join Teamsters Local 413, becoming the first in the state to join the union. In a statement Tony Jones, Teamsters International vice president at large and president of Local 413, said “This is the first of many proprietors” the union will be organizing in the state, “especially now that recreational cannabis is legal.” Estlin Hiller, a budtender at Strawberry Fields, called the vote “a huge moment for the Teamsters, Ohio, the labor movement, the… Read more.

Ohioans Arrested For Marijuana Must Be Involved In Talks About Changing Legalization Law, Not Just ‘Anti-Cannabis’ Republicans, Lawmaker Says

November 24, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An Ohio Democratic lawmaker wants to see people who’ve been criminalized over marijuana, as well as those with industry experience, involved in any efforts to amend the state’s voter-approved legalization law, arguing that it shouldn’t be left up to “anti-cannabis” legislators alone to revise the statute. Ohio Senate and House GOP leaders have already previewed plans to pass a package of changes to the law before possession and cultivation becomes legal next month, with a focus on potential revisions affecting tax revenue distribution,… Read more.

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

November 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

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… Read more.

Ohio Gov. DeWine Hatches Plan To Whittle Down Adult-Use Law Voters Approved

November 13, 2023 · High Times

Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called on state legislators to amend and whittle down the provisions of Issue 2, the law voters in the state just approved, before the bill takes effect on Dec. 7. And since Issue 2 is a citizen initiative, Ohio lawmakers could lawfully make changes to the law, but they only have about a month to do so.  Ohio Capital Journal reports that less than two days after voters approved adult-use cannabis in Ohio, the governor wants to… Read more.

Pennsylvania Governor’s Office Says Ohio Marijuana Legalization Is ‘Another Reminder’ Of Need To Enact Reform As Lawmakers Tout ‘Momentum’

November 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

With Ohio becoming the latest state to legalize marijuana, there’s a renewed sense of urgency to follow suit in neighboring Pennsylvania, with the governor’s office calling it “another reminder” of the need to enact reform. Pennsylvania is now more solidly blanketed by states with legalization on the books. Five out of six bordering states—Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio—have all done away with prohibition, leaving residents with plentiful and relatively accessible options to buy out-of-state cannabis products. Gov. Josh… Read more.

Ohio Regulators Unveil Marijuana Legalization Guide As They Prepare To Create Rules For Voter-Approved Market

November 9, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Ohio officials have already released an FAQ guide to answer basic questions about the state’s new marijuana legalization law that voters approved on Tuesday. The state Department of Commerce (DOC) sent out a press release on Wednesday to announce the resource for residents interested in learning more about the rules and timeline for the legalization initiative’s rollout. Under the measure, a Division of Cannabis Control (DCC) will be established under DOC to regulate the adult-use market and issue marijuana business licenses. But… Read more.

Ohio Republicans Vow to Undermine Will of Voters

November 9, 2023 · MG Magazine

Voters across Ohio approved a ballot measure Tuesday to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis, but leaders in the Republican-majority state legislature already have vowed to make significant changes to the law before Issue 2 goes into effect on December 7. “This statute was written by the marijuana industry and should be treated as a cash grab for their cash crop at the expense of a state trying to emerge from the opioid epidemic,” Senate President Matt Huffman said Tuesday. “The general assembly… Read more.

Ohio Voters Say Yes to Adult-Use Marijuana

November 8, 2023 · Green Market Report

On Tuesday night, Ohio voters approved Issue 2, a measure to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults statewide. As of 9:35 p.m. ET, the “Yes” vote leads with roughly 55.5% of the vote while “No” has 44.5% of the vote. Ohio is the 24th state (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Michigan and Illinois as Midwestern states with such approval. The passage was expected as polls throughout the summer and fall showed steady support for approval. Under the law, adults will be… Read more.

Ohio adult-use marijuana legalization could spawn $4 billion market, but lawmakers a wild card

November 6, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Ohio is poised to become the cannabis industry’s next big thing if voters there, as expected, approve an adult-use marijuana legalization measure on Tuesday. Legal cannabis in Ohio – with nearly 12 million people, it’s the country’s seventh-most-populous state – would provide a boost to existing medical marijuana businesses, which would be positioned to serve an adult-use market worth as much as $4 billion within a few years, according to MJBizDaily projections. It would also be another milestone for the U.S. reform… Read more.

Ohio Governor Attacks Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measure, Downplaying Polls Showing Broad Voter Support

October 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Less than two weeks ahead of Election Day, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is talking to local TV stations about his opposition to Issue 2, a ballot initiative that would legalize adult-use marijuana in the state. But newly released state data on campaign fundraising indicate that supporters have an edge, having raised nearly four times what opponents have collected. DeWine said voters are confused about both the cannabis measure and a separate initiative, Issue 1, which would protect access to… Read more.

Ohio Senate President Plans To Repeal Cannabis Legalization if Passed by Voters in November

October 17, 2023 · High Times

The official voting day for Ohioans is Nov. 7, but early voting has already begun on Oct. 11. This is a significant year for cannabis because a cannabis legalization measure, which is labeled as Issue 2, is appearing on the ballot. However, some legislators are not thrilled with the idea that cannabis legalization could be approved, and announced plans to possibly repeal the law if it does get passed. Senate President Matt Huffman spoke on the Senate floor in opposition of… Read more.

Ohio Senate Urges Voters To Oppose Marijuana Legalization On The Ballot, Citing Anti-Drug Talking Points

October 12, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

As early voting kicked off in Ohio on Wednesday, the state Senate passed a GOP-led resolution urging voters to reject a marijuana legalization measure that’s on the ballot. Introduced by Sens. Mark Romanchuk (R) and Terry Johnson (R), and cosponsored by 14 other Senate Republicans, SR 216 lists a parade of horribles that lawmakers say would befall the state if the cannabis ballot initiative known as Issue 2 becomes law. “The proposed statute authored by the commercial marijuana industry,” it… Read more.

Amplify Balances Architecture with Cultural Relevance

October 9, 2023 · MG Magazine

Stroll down any of the placid, leafy avenues in Columbus, Ohio, and inevitably you’ll catch sight of an emblem of the state. Maybe it’s a flag on a porch, a bumper sticker, or an Ohio State University hat perched atop a smiling face. Residents’ immense pride in the Buckeye State is unwavering, undeniable, even unavoidable. Ohioans love Ohio things, so it’s fitting one of the most successful companies in the state’s fledgling cannabis industry is Buckeye Relief, a homegrown vertical… Read more.

Ahead Of Early Voting On Marijuana In Ohio, State AG Publishes New Analysis And Campaign Launches TV Ad

October 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

With early voting in Ohio beginning next week, the campaign behind a ballot measure to legalize marijuana released a new campaign ad on Friday in support of the policy change. Attorney General Dave Yost (R), meanwhile, published an analysis of the initiative that he said is meant to provide voters with “vital clarity and transparency” amid a campaign that has seen “inflamed and inaccurate” rhetoric. The new ad from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the primary backer of… Read more.

Poll Affirms, Again, Most Ohioans Plan to Vote ‘Yes’ on November’s Rec Weed Measure

October 2, 2023 · High Times

A poll commissioned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA)—the campaign supporting the ballot initiative—and conducted by FM3 Research surveyed likely November voters in mid-August, specifically asking about their stance on ushering in recreational cannabis laws for the Buckeye State. The results found that roughly three out of five Ohio voters support the cannabis legalization measure set to appear on the November ballot, and nearly two-thirds of respondents said that they believe adult-use cannabis legalization in Ohio is… Read more.

3 In 5 Ohio Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Measure Ahead Of November Election, New Poll Finds

September 28, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Roughly three out of five Ohio voters support a marijuana legalization measure that will appear on November’s ballot, according to a newly released poll, with nearly two thirds of respondents saying they believe legalization in the state is “inevitable.” With less than two weeks before widespread early voting kicks off, 55 percent of respondents said they “definitely” or “probably” will vote yes on the legalization initiative, while about 34 percent “definitely” or “probably” will oppose it. Only about 11 percent… Read more.

Rushing Back to College for a Degree in…Weed? – Surge in Applicants for Cannabis Education Courses Catches Ohio By Storm

September 15, 2023 · Cannabis.net

After years of preparation, marijuana use for recreational purposes may soon be legalized in Ohio. Since its clearance on August 16th, the proposal has undergone significant evolution and faced various challenges. These challenges include resistance from lawmakers who declined to deliberate on it and the necessity to gather additional valid signatures to meet the ballot qualification criteria. If passed, the proposal would grant individuals aged 21 and above the right to buy, possess, and cultivate up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis… Read more.

GOP Congressman Explains Why He’ll Vote For Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative In November As State Releases Pro And Con Arguments

August 29, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

As Ohio officials release pro and con arguments for a marijuana legalization initiative that will appear on the November ballot, a GOP congressman who represents the state is applauding the measure and explaining why he will personally be “voting yes.” In a statement shared with Marijuana Moment on Monday, Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, encouraged “all Ohio voters to participate and make their voices heard on this important issue” now that the legalization measure has… Read more.

Only One In 10 Ohio Prosecutors Say They’ll Seal Drug Records Under Reform Law, With Most Eyeing Relief For Marijuana Convictions, Study Finds

August 26, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

As Ohio voters prepare to decide on a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot, only about one in 10 Ohio prosecutors say they’re likely to take advantage of a separate recently enacted law that allows them to independently seal the records of people with low-level drug convictions—and most of those say they’d focus on cannabis-related offenses—according to a new study. Researchers at Ohio State University surveyed 86 municipal prosecutors this year to better understand the practical impact of the reform, which… Read more.

Ohio Gov. and Health Commissioners Oppose Cannabis Legalization

August 24, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has come out in opposition of adult-use cannabis legalization in the state, telling the Governor’s Executive Workforce Board last week that the reforms would “be a real mistake,” WSYX reports. On Tuesday, the Ohio Association of Health Commissioners (AOHC), which represents Ohio’s 112 local health departments, also urged citizens to vote “no” on the proposal.  Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose last week confirmed that the campaign seeking to legalize cannabis for adult use had gathered enough signatures to… Read more.

Ohio Cannabis Legalization Question Approved for November Ballots

August 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Ohio voters will decide whether to legalize cannabis for adult-use in the state in November. Last week, Secretary of State Frank LaRose confirmed the campaign had gathered enough signatures to put the issue on ballots.    Late last month, advocates had fallen short of the signature goal but were able to gather an additional 679 valid signatures ahead of an August 4 deadline. In all, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol submitted 127,772 valid signatures.   In a Facebook post, coalition spokesman Tom Haren said advocates “are grateful to the… Read more.

Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Appear On The November Ballot, State Officials Announce

August 17, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An initiative to legalize marijuana in Ohio will appear on the state’s ballot this November, officials announced on Wednesday. About two weeks after activists turned in a final round of signatures for the cannabis proposal, the secretary of state’s office has now certified that it met the requirements for ballot placement. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) submitted more than 220,000 signatures for the measure last month, but the state found that advocates came up short by 679 valid signatures. They… Read more.

Ohio Could See $404 Million In Annual Marijuana Tax Revenue If Voters Approve Legalization This November, Analysis Finds

August 16, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Ohio could see up to $403.6 million in annual tax revenue from adult-use marijuana sales if voters approve a legalization measure that could appear on the November ballot, a newly updated analysis projects. The paper from Ohio State University researchers assesses the potential economic impact of cannabis legalization in the state, providing tax revenue estimates for the first years of sales based on an analysis of comparable state markets. The analysis focuses on marijuana sales trends in neighboring Michigan because the… Read more.

Ohio’s Abortion Rights Ballot Victory Is A Positive Signal For Marijuana Legalization This November

August 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

As Ohio marijuana reform advocates await final certification of signatures for a legalization initiative they hope to place on the November ballot, an unrelated vote during the state’s special election on Tuesday is being viewed as a bellwether for the cannabis proposal’s passage. Voters turned out in impressive numbers to defeat Issue 1 on Tuesday. The GOP-backed measure would have raised the threshold to approve constitutional amendments at the ballot from a simple majority to 60 percent—a change that could… Read more.

Ohio recreational cannabis group claims enough signatures to qualify for ballot

August 4, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Organizers of a campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in Ohio said they’ve submitted more than enough signatures from registered voters to qualify for the November ballot. The campaign on Thursday submitted 6,545 to state election officials, campaign spokesperson Tom Haren said in a statement. That total is almost 10 times as many signatures as the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needed. Earlier this summer, the campaign turned in roughly 223,000 signatures to the Ohio secretary of state’s office, which told the campaign… Read more.

Ohio adult-use marijuana ballot bid falls shy of needed signatures

July 26, 2023 ·

Ohio voters might see adult-use marijuana legalization on the November ballot, but campaign organizers have a little more work to do first. The effort to legalize a recreational market in Ohio has 10 days to find nearly 700 valid signatures to qualify for the fall ballot, state officials said Tuesday. The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign submitted more than 223,000 signatures to the Ohio secretary of state earlier this month. The state declared that only 123,367 signatures were valid, according to a… Read more.

Ohio Marijuana Legalization Measure Falls 679 Signatures Short Of November Ballot, But Activists Now Have 10 Days To Fix That

July 26, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

An Ohio marijuana legalization campaign is just 679 valid signatures short of putting its initiative on the November ballot, sate officials say, but organizers now have 10 additional days to make up the difference to qualify. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CTRMLA) turned in more than 220,000 signatures earlier this month. But the secretary of state’s office said in a letter to the campaign on Tuesday that only 123,367 were verified, several hundred short of the 124,046 signature requirement for ballot… Read more.

Ohio Adds IBS to Medical Cannabis Program; Rejects OCD, Autism

July 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Ohio State Medical Board last week added irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as a qualifying condition to the state’s medical cannabis program, the Ohio Capital Journal reports. The panel, however, rejected the addition of obsessive-compulsive syndrome (OCD) and autism spectrum disorder as qualifying conditions.  In all, there are now 26 total conditions for which Ohio cannabis patients can access medical cannabis.   Charlie Trefny, the Ohio Medical Cannabis Industry Association’s director of government affairs, told the Journal that the organization was “disappointed” that the board… Read more.

Ohio Gets Ready to Legalize Recreational Cannabis After They Like What They See in Their Medical Marijuana Program

June 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Should a bipartisan bill receive approval from the Ohio Statehouse, individuals in Ohio who are 21 years old and above will gain the right to cultivate, purchase, and possess marijuana. State representatives Casey Weinstein of Hudson and Jamie Callender of Concord introduced House Bill 168, also known as the Ohio Adult Use Act, earlier this month. The proposed cannabis legalization includes a provision for expunging conviction records related to prior cultivation and possession offenses. Weinstein expressed in a news statement that "adult… Read more.

Bipartisan Cannabis Legalization Bill Introduced In Ohio

May 27, 2023 ·

A bi-partisan bill to legalize cannabis has been introduced in Ohio by state Reps. Casey Weinstein (D) and Jamie Callender (R) would allow the cultivation, purchasing, and possession of cannabis by Ohioans over the age of 21, and allow for the expungement of conviction records for previous cultivation and possession offenses. The measure includes a 10% tax on sales which would be distributed in part to support primary and secondary education, support communities that host dispensaries, combat drug dependence and illegal drug trafficking,… Read more.

Ohio Cannabis Advocates Again Collecting Signatures for Legalization Initiative

May 9, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis legalization advocates in Ohio are again collecting signatures to put the legalization question to voters in November after state lawmakers missed the deadline to pass a citizen-authored initiative to enact the reforms, WCMH reports. The Ohio Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol needs to gather 124,046 signatures to get the issue on ballots, spokesman Tom Haren said.   A Spectrum News/Siena College poll from September found 60% of Ohioans back the reforms with 37% opposed and 3% unsure.  The measure includes home… Read more.

Adult-Use Marijuana Initiative Expected to Reach Ohio Voters This Fall

May 6, 2023 · Green Market Report

A recent poll showed than 60% of Ohioans support recreational cannabis. A campaign to legalize marijuana for Ohioans age 21 and older is ready to collect additional signatures in order to qualify for this November’s ballot. The recreational marijuana law, proposed as an initiated statute by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, was transmitted to the Ohio General Assembly on Jan. 3. Lawmakers have four months to take action on a law proposed through an initiated statute. If they don’t pass… Read more.

Ohio Pharmacy Board Would No Longer Regulate Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Under Gov.’s Proposed Budget

April 21, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Under Gov. Mike DeWine’s executive budget, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy would no longer have responsibilities regulating the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries, Cleveland.com reports. The governor’s plan would transfer some of the pharmacy board’s responsibilities to the Department of Commerce, but the pharmacy board would still be responsible for reviewing and adding qualifying conditions to the medical cannabis program.   Currently, there are three agencies that regulate the Ohio medical cannabis program: the commerce department, pharmacy board, and State Medical Board.  Dan Tierney, DeWine’s spokesman,… Read more.

ACLU Defends Afroman In Lawsuit From Police Who Are Upset He Used Footage Of Their Marijuana Raid On His Home In Music Video

April 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the organization’s Ohio chapter, has filed a proposed amicus brief supporting Afroman in a civil lawsuit brought against him by seven police officers who are upset the hip hop artist used footage of their marijuana raid on his home in a music video. Afroman, whose real name is Joseph E. Foreman, was sued last month by members of the Adams County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office who conducted a 2022 search of his house… Read more.

Expand Your Mind at the Best Weed Museums in the U.S.

April 15, 2023 · Thrillist

THE FIRST THING YOU SEE upon entering the Core Social Justice Cannabis Museum in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood is a digital stained glass window stamped “Cannfessional.” Behind it is a small sound booth, wrapped in cloud-print wallpaper, with a glowing neon chair and a microphone dangling from the ceiling. Facing the chair on the wall is a TV with a camera mounted on top. This is where you reveal your truth. With the Cannfessional, the museum encourages participants to record themselves telling stories… Read more.

Afroman Sued By Police For Using Raid Footage In Music Videos, Social Media

March 23, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Seven police officers with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio are suing the rapper Afroman, legal name Joseph Foreman, over his use of home security footage from a raid they carried out at his house last September, FOX19 reports. The plaintiffs claim that Afroman has illegally profited off footage that shows their faces without consent in music videos and to generate social media engagement, which has resulted in “emotional distress, embarrassment, ridicule, loss of reputation and humiliation.” The lawsuit claims the plaintiffs are… Read more.

Which States Could Expand Cannabis Legalization in 2023?

March 15, 2023 · MG Magazine

Oklahoma voters rejected a ballot initiative to legalize cannabis for adult use during a special election this month by a margin of 62 percent, surprising many advocates who saw the popularity of the state’s medical market as a promising sign for adult-use expansion. Ultimately, the state’s medical program proved to be good enough for a majority of voters outside Oklahoma City and Tulsa. But the push to expand domestic cannabis legalization in 2023 is far from over. “For 2024, we’ve calculated Virginia,… Read more.