A pair of Ohio Republican lawmakers on Thursday filed a bill to legalize marijuana in the state. The move comes as activists are nearing completion of the first phase of their signature drive for a cannabis legalization initiative. Reps. Jamie Callender (R) and Ron Ferguson (R) first announced their plan to push the legislative reform proposal in October and circulated a co-sponsorship memo to building support for the measure. Now they’re moving ahead with the formal introduction of the “Ohio Adult Use Act.” The bill would allow adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to 50 grams of cannabis. They could also grow up to six plants, only three of which could be mature, for personal use. Gifting up to 25 grams of marijuana between adult consumers without remuneration would also be permitted. Adult-use cannabis products would be taxed at 10 percent. After covering administrative costs, tax revenue would be distributed as follows: 50 percent to the state general fund, 25 percent to combat illicit drug trafficking, and 25 percent for substance misuse treatment programs.
Kyle Jaeger, Marijuana Moment, 12/06/2021 08:51:00