Ohio Voters Approve Issue 2 to Allow Recreational Use of Marijuana by Adults


Ohio Voters Approve Issue 2 to Allow Recreational Use of Marijuana by Adults

On November 7, 2023, Ohio voters approved “Ohio Issue 2, Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2023)” which allows adults in the state who are at least 21 years old to use and possess marijuana recreationally, allows the sale and purchase of marijuana, and enacts a 10 percent tax on marijuana sales, according to the Ballotpedia.org web page for Ohio Issue 2.

“Issue 2 legalized and provided for the regulation of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and above, including cultivation, processing, sale, purchase, possession, and home growth. Under the initiative, adults are allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates,” the Ballotpedia web page for Issue 2 explained.

“The Division of Cannabis Control, created under the initiative, is responsible for regulating and licensing marijuana operators and facilities and is responsible for overseeing the compliance and standardization of marijuana businesses and production in Ohio. Licensing for distributing facilities was expected to be complete around Fall 2024,” Ballotpedia stated.

“Approval of Issue 2 made Ohio the 24th state to legalize marijuana for recreational and personal use. According to U.S. Census population estimates, going into the election, 49.07% of the country’s population lived in a state where marijuana is legal. Approval of the initiative boosted the population percentage from the 50% threshold to 52.56%,” Ballotpedia stated.

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