About a week after voters opted to legalize, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) called upon the state’s legislature to make changes to the law, such as limiting cannabis advertising and increasing restrictions on public consumption. Republican leadership in the state Senate later considered legislation to remove the ballot proposal’s home grow and other industry protections but the effort failed following backlash from constituents and House lawmakers.
“As a native Ohioan who has been directly impacted by marijuana criminalization and witnessed the unequal and unjust way it is enforced, I am overjoyed that responsible adult cannabis consumers in the Buckeye State will no longer face the lifelong collateral consequences of low-level arrests and convictions. I’m further pleased that our political opponents have, thus far, failed to undermine the spirit of this law — which was approved by 2.2 million voters. It is up to all Ohioans to ensure that lawmakers continue to defer to their constituents and allow the rest of this initiative to take effect as intended under the guidance of regulators, stakeholders, and the citizens of Ohio.” — NORML Political Director Morgan Fox, in a press release
Ohio is the 24th U.S. state to legalize adult-use cannabis