US (OH): How would Ohio regulate adult-use cannabis if measure passes in November?

In March 2019, there was a line outside a Columbus medical cannabis dispensary the day it opened. At the time, Ohio's medical cannabis program was regulated by three state government agencies: the Department of Commerce, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Now, fast forward to 2023, the state budget passed in July included language that transfers regulation of medical cannabis to the "Division of Cannabis Control" under the Department of Commerce.

So come November, if recreational use is approved, it could be regulated under the Division of Cannabis Control. The Department of Commerce declined our request for an interview but replied in an email with the following statement, "Commerce is focused on the consolidation of the medical program as outlined in the state budget."

If recreational cannabis is approved, what would the initiative do? Recreational use would be legal for people 21 and older. Adults could have up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and up to 15 grams of cannabis concentrates. Individuals would be permitted to cultivate six cannabis plants at home. Households would be capped at 12 plants.


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