A statewide ballot issue seeking to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in Ohio this fall has cleared an initial hurdle with Attorney General Mike DeWine certifying the petition summary.
Thursday’s action sends the Grassroots Ohio measure to the Ohio Ballot Board, which determines whether it’s one issue or two.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has given approval to the Cannabis Control Amendment, an initiative to legalize cannabis put forth by Ohioans to End Prohibition. The group now must gather 305,591 signatures by July 1st to get the amendment on this November ballot, though they’ll have until July 1st, 2016 to place it on the 2016 general election ballot.
The Cannabis Control Amendment, which is a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution, would allow those 21 and older to possess up to 100 grams of cannabis, and cultivate up to six cannabis plants. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, which would be supplied by licensed cultivation centers.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has given approval to an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis, put forth by the group ResponsibleOhio.
The proposal would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, for those 21 and older. The measure would also legalize cannabis retail outlets which would be authorized to distribute the plant.
A tax of 15% would be imposed on all gross revenue brought in by cultivation and production centers (which would supply retail outlets with the cannabis they would then sell to the public), with a 5% tax imposed on the gross revenue of each cannabis retail outlet.