The Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis have collected enough signatures to submit our proposed Ohio Constitutional Amendment to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office for wording approval. We will be available in front of the statehouse at 30 E. Broad St. in Columbus at 3 p.m. August 2nd for any questions, and will go up to the Constitutional Offices on the 16th floor to submit our petitions directly thereafter.
There are currently two medical marijuana petitions circulating Ohio, one just for medical marijuana and the other includes hemp. The Responsible Ohioans for Cannabis’ proposed initiative, the End Ohio Cannabis Prohibition Act, is not a medical marijuana initiative. It would allow for hemp production and the adult recreational use of marijuana, so children would not have access to marijuana in Ohio.
Colorado and Washington are the only two states thus far to legalize the adult recreational use of marijuana. A total of nine states currently have legislation to allow for hemp production – a very useful, industrial plant that is a cousin of marijuana and has no intoxicating effects. To date, none of these states have yet implemented the necessary legislation to regulate the commercial production or retail of recreational marijuana nor hemp. Similar regulations are tasked to Ohio Departments of Agriculture and Commerce by our initiative, but non-commercial production would become legal immediately upon passage.
We believe that the free market will command low prices. Ohio sales taxes and licensing fees (capped at $1,250 annually for any one commercial site) would bring a much needed boost to Ohio’s economy. We would also save millions of dollars by eliminating the high costs of prosecuting and incarcerating Ohioans for a drug that most of the country, and many studies, say is safer than alcohol.