Following the legalization of adult use cannabis in Ohio on 7 November, 2023, Senate President, Republican Matt Huffman, has launched a bid to make changes to the law due to ‘lack of detail’.
Ohio became the 24th state to legalize cannabis earlier this month. The state’s Issue 2 Marijuana Legalization Initiative legalized adult use cannabis and implemented regulation and taxes for the new programme, allowing adults aged 21 and over to be in possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and to cultivate up to six plants in their homes.
In his latest podcast, Huffman has suggested that Ohio voters may not have fully understood key aspects of the legalization programme, such as an equity clause which prioritises people who have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition.
A few days following the legalization, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also called for changes to the newly approved law, calling for amendments to the bill in order to improve safety for citizens and children, particularly in terms of public use, driving and advertising.
Huffman and DeWine aim to modify the initiative by incorporating cannabis amendments into an unrelated House-passed bill.
Proposed changes include adjusting public consumption rules, reallocating tax revenue, and discussing shifting cannabis sales tax from supporting social equity programs to local law enforcement.