New Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Announced in Ohio

New Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Announced in Ohio

The group Ohioans to End Prohibition have announced an initiative to legalize the possession, use, private cultivation and state-licensed sale of recreationalotep cannabis for those 21 and older. Advocates hope to put the initiative – titled the Cannabis Control Amendment – to a vote of the people during the 2016 presidential election ballot.

“An intelligently regulated cannabis market will promote vibrant competition among small local businesses AND allow outside investment”, says the group. “[This] will create jobs for Ohio citizens, grow the Ohio economy, and foster innovation.”

The proposal would allow any adult or organization to apply to be a licensed cannabis cultivator or distributor; those wanting to grow cannabis privately at home – not for retail sale – won’t be required to obtain a license. Exact limits on how much can be grown or possessed has not yet been announced.

In December, a group called ResponsibleOhio filed a separate cannabis legalization initiative. The proposal would legalize the possession, private cultivation and retail sale of cannabis to those 21 and older, and would establish a Marijuana Control Commission to determine regulations. Some advocates, however, oppose ResponsibleOhio’s approach as it would only allow 10 authorized growers throughout the state, which some consider a monopoly.

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