US (OH): Cannabis legalization bill introduced

Two Republicans in the Ohio House have introduced a bill that would fully legalize cannabis possession and use in Ohio. The bill comes as another effort to legalize cannabis by possibly forcing a statewide vote, and it appears to be advancing. 

The measure would allow adults (21 and older) to buy and possess up to 50 grams of cannabis. They could grow up to six plants for personal use, with three mature at any given time. Adults could give each other up to 25 grams of cannabis.

The state would levy a 10% tax on cannabis products, with 50% of the state tax revenue going to the state general fund, 25% to fight illegal drug trafficking, and 25% for treatment programs to deal with substance use disorder.

Meanwhile, an Ohio organization, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, is making progress in its own cannabis legalization effort, an attorney for the group says. The coalition is using an initiated statute process that could ultimately result in putting a measure on the state ballot. It is currently wrapping up gathering about 130,000 signatures to place its own cannabis legalization effort before the Ohio General Assembly. 

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