The issue of legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over the age of 21 is currently being decided by voters. If approved, Ohio would join over 20 other states where recreational marijuana is already permitted.
The legalization would result in the creation of a new division called the Cannabis Control under the State’s Department of Commerce. This division would regulate the industry in the state.
Supporters argue that legalizing marijuana is a matter of justice, as minor marijuana offenses currently face unfair and harsh punishments. They also believe it would help eliminate the black market and generate significant revenue for the state. However, opponents of the issue claim that it would lead to more addiction problems and make the roads more dangerous.
They also express concerns about the proposed law’s provision allowing adults to grow marijuana plants in their homes, especially if there are minors present. Despite these concerns, proponents argue that marijuana has well-established medicinal benefits and is less harmful than many other substances found in households. Tune in to NBC 46 more information on how recreational marijuana would be taxed in Ohio.
Reporting from outside the state house, this is Eric Alprin for NBC 4..