What Happened to Ohio’s Marijuana Legalization Bill?

Responsible Ohio put an issue on the ballot in 2015 that would have made it legal to possess and use marijuana in the state recreationally. However, there was a lot of opposition to this measure and it wasn’t just from anti-drug activists. Of course, the people who thought marijuana use should be illegal came out strong against the ballot issue but many more stood beside them for another reason.

The Responsible Ohio marijuana legalization bill was opposed by a large group of Ohioans who are in favor of legalization. This particular bill called for a monopoly that would control the growing and sales of marijuana. They would distribute it to stores but there were strict limits on the amount any individual could possess or grow in their private home. The group that put the measure on the ballot would not change these terms and, therefore, activists spoke out against it so heavily that more than 63 percent of Ohio voters voted against it.

Many Ohioans stated they would be happy to vote to legalize recreational marijuana use but not to give one company a monopoly. The state of Ohio has now legalized the use of medical marijuana but doesn’t have an initiative for recreational use ready to put on an upcoming ballot. With more and more states finding great benefits from legalization, Ohio may be ready sometime in the near future. However, as voters showed Responsible Ohio in 2015, the citizens of the state will not turn over control to a single company. Residents want control over when and how they use marijuana.

Despite the fact this measure failed, many Ohio voters do want to have the option to use marijuana in their own home without the threat of prosecution. They want to be able to grow it and purchase edibles from a local store. These voters would rather marijuana be taxed than having to buy it on the streets, where they have no idea which strain they are purchasing or what the strength will be. Although Responsible Ohio was not able to pass their bill, another measure will certainly pass in the future.


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