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Ohio Initiates Voting Process for Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

Ohio residents have started casting their early in-person votes for the state's initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis. With the statewide election approaching on November 7th, voters have had the opportunity to vote on the legislation, known as 'Issue 2', since October 11th.

If passed, the ballot initiative would make Ohio the 24th state in the US to legalize adult-use cannabis. This would allow individuals over 21 years old to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to six plants per person at home.

Additionally, a new Division of Cannabis Control would be established to license and regulate the industry. To cover administrative costs and support social equity programs, a 10% tax would be imposed on cannabis products.

Despite enjoying strong bipartisan support and garnering favor from nearly 60% of voters, a group of Republican state senators have voiced opposition to the bill. They claim that it poses unacceptable threats and risks to the health of all Ohioans.

It's an exciting time for Ohio residents as they exercise their democratic right to vote on this landmark legislation. The outcome of the election will shape the future of cannabis regulation in the state.

The group argues that legalizing marijuana would have negative impacts in the workplace, impose financial burdens on employers, make Ohio's roads more hazardous, and place additional costs on social services. They believe that the only beneficiaries would be the marijuana industry and its investors.

Despite these concerns, supporters of the bill have dismissed the opposition's claims as false and have called on television stations to not air these messages. However, if the bill is passed, lawmakers may still attempt to discredit or dismantle it.

Republican Senate President Matt Huffman has explicitly stated that if the bill is approved, he will work to challenge it and possibly repeal or change certain aspects of it.


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