DeWine rejects petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution that would allow the use of recreational marijuana to anyone 21 and over.

The amendment would allow persons 21 and over to possess, process, use, produce, transport, sell, purchase and share marijuana in Ohio. 

The legislation also includes language that would treat marijuana like alcohol when it comes to impairment but would exclude marijuana in workplace drug testing. 

Right now, marijuana is legal in Ohio for medicinal purposes only. 

DeWine rejected the petition based summary language he said did not include certain parameters including the following:

  • The summary language giving the General Assembly authority to regulate “marijuana commerce” does not accurately reflect the actual amendment language.
  • The summary omits references in the amendment that “Marijuana businesses shall be lawful only in those voting precincts in which the majority of the voters approved this section.”
  • The summary omits references in the amendment that “The General Assembly shall within 240 days after the effective date enact and enable laws, rules, and regulations consistent with this section.”

The petition was submitted on behalf of a Cincinnati-based group to legalize marijuana. The proposal listed 2,002 signatures on the petition. 

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