Ohio Republicans to introduce their own bill providing for adult-use marijuana – Crain's Cleveland Business

A couple of Republican lawmakers said this week they will be bringing forth a bill legalizing adult-use marijuana for adults age 21 and over — marking the third effort underway in Ohio attempting to establish a recreational marijuana program.

The legislation, dubbed the “Ohio Adult-Use Act,” will be introduced soon by state Reps. Jamie Callender, R-Concord, and Ron Ferguson, R-Wintersville. They discussed plans for the bill at a press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

According to Callender’s office, the Republican-led legalization bill would levy a special 10% tax on adult-use sales with “funding dedicated to combat chemical dependence and illegal drug trafficking and (to) support the state’s general revenue fund.”

“Across Ohio and America, there is strong public support for responsible laws allowing those 21 and over to legally purchase and use marijuana and marijuana products,” said Callender in a statement. “It’s time that we think seriously about where our state will fit in this growing market and position ourselves for the best possible outcome. This proposal starts that conversation.”

Of course, the conversation is already more than started. The question is whether anyone at the Statehouse is talking to each other.

State Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, already introduced a

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