GOP Efforts To Restrict Ohio’s Voter-Approved Marijuana Legalization Seem To Be At An Impasse



Ohio’s newly legalized recreational marijuana remains in limbo as lawmakers struggle to finalize changes to the legislation that was approved by voters in November 2023.

“It’s a complex issue,” House Speaker Jason Stephens (R) told reporters recently.

What’s The Hold-Up?

Tom Haren, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, has been saying all along that changes to Issue 2 are not necessary.

“Issue 2 puts in place a full regulatory framework. We don’t need the legislature to do anything,” Haren told the Ohio Capital Journal.

Nevertheless, in record time following the November legalization vote, Gov. Mike DeWine and Senate president Matt Huffman took to the airwaves to announce that they’d introduced a new bill that would tweak Issue …

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