Ohio lawmakers propose changes to new recreational marijuana law
Ohio voters gave decisive support to Issue 2 in the November election. They passed the issue that legalizes recreational marijuana use for those 21 and older with 57% of the vote. The measures goes into effect on Dec. 7.
Governor Mike DeWine has asked lawmakers to make any tweaks to the law before it goes into effect. Lawmakers are able to make changes to what voters approved because it passed as an initiated statute and not a constitutional amendment.
Several bills have been introduced to tweak the recreational marijuana statute. House Bill 341 from Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) would allow local governments to ban marijuana and changes how the tax collected from sales will be distributed.
House Bill 326 would put some of the revenue from sales toward police training. Republican lawmakers are concerned about first responders having to handle crimes related to marijuana abuse such as vehicle crashes.
The Ohio Chamber of Commerce wants lawmakers to make changes such as banning the use of marijuana in public areas both indoors and outdoors.
The supporters that backed the Issue 2 campaign say they are keeping tabs on what lawmakers are doing.
The story tops this week’s discussion of news headlines on the "Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable."
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-Abigail Bottar, Reporter, Ideastream Public Media
-Josh Boose, Assistant Producer for Newscasts, Ideastream Public Media
-Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau Chief, Ohio Public Radio/TV
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