WILL BE ON THE BALLOT NOVEMBER 7, 2023
Ohio Issue 2 – A Citizen’s Initiative on the Ballot November 2023
Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is an effort to encourage Ohio legislators to regulate marijuana for adult use like we do for alcohol. Our proposal fixes a broken system while ensuring local control, keeping marijuana out of children's hands, and benefitting everyone.
The proposed law would:
· Legalize and regulate the cultivation, manufacturing, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products to adults ages 21 and up
· Legalize home growth for adults ages 21 and up with a limit of six plants per person and 12 plants per residence
Marijuana legalization is an issue whose time has come in Ohio. According to recent polling, Ohioans are not only in favor of legalizing marijuana for regulated adult use, they view it as inevitable. We hope Ohio’s leaders seize this opportunity to take control of our future.
Support for a regulatory and taxation system is critical in order to set Ohio up for success should we see changes at the federal level. Regular state and local sales tax will still apply, and there will also be a 10% cannabis tax rate on adult-use sales that will be used for:
· Social Equity and Jobs Programs (36%) – potential to generate an estimated $150 million or more annually for social equity and jobs programs in Ohio, making this one of the most robust social equity provisions of any cannabis law in the country
· Funding for Dispensary Host Communities (36%) – potential to generate $150 million or more annually for the communities who have adult-use cannabis dispensaries, making this one of the largest contributions to communities in Ohio history
· Addiction Treatment and Education (25%) – potential to generate $104 million or more annually to research and treat substance abuse in Ohio, one of the leading causes of deaths in Ohio
· Regulatory and Administrative Costs (3%) – a small portion would go to the Division of Cannabis Control to fund the regulatory and administrative costs of overseeing the adult use cannabis industry in Ohio
Nineteen states have passed similar legislation, and this proposal is based on the best practices learned by those who have gone before us.