Republican-led legislation would legalize and tax Ohio adult marijuana use

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Two Republican officials from Ohio are bringing forward a proposal that, if passed, would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The Ohio Adult-Use Act, sponsored by State Representatives Jamie Callender and Ron Ferguson, would allow the legalization, taxation, regulation and sale of marijuana and similar products to persons 21 years of age and over. .

“In Ohio and America, there is strong public support for responsible laws allowing people 21 and over to legally purchase and use marijuana and marijuana products,” said said Representative Callender, of Concord. “It is time we seriously thought about our state’s place in this growing market and positioned ourselves for the best possible outcome.

Under the proposal, which would essentially expand Ohio’s medical marijuana control program to include non-medical use, a 10% sales tax would be implemented on all adult-use marijuana products.

Callendar said the tax revenue would benefit the General State Revenue Fund, fight chemical dependence and fight drug trafficking.

“This is a matter of individual rights, and the public strongly supports responsible laws allowing persons 21 years of age and over to legally purchase and use marijuana and marijuana products,” said added Representative Ferguson, of Wintersville.

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