Ohio Legislators Still Working To Implement Changes to Adult-Use Cannabis Law

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Two bills, House Bill 86 and House Bill 354, would implement certain changes to the law established by the voter initiative, but legislators have not moved forward with either of them yet. House Bill 86 was initially introduced in February 2023, and would implement a few changes to the law established by Issue 2. If the bill’s changes were to be passed, it would establish a cannabis tax rate increase of 15% (Issue 2 set the tax rate at 10%). Ohio’s progress on cannabis has come to a temporary halt after House legislators fail to move the bill forward. The Senate changes were sent to the House, which made no action to further the bill as of the session on Feb. 7.

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Ohio’s progress on cannabis has come to a temporary halt after House legislators fail to move the bill forward.

Last week Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens spoke to reporters, calling cannabis a “complex issue.” Voters approved Issue 2 at the ballot in November 2023, which took effect on Dec. 7, but since it was a citizen initiative, legislators have the power to add changes to the law after it has been approved by voters. Two bills, House Bill 86 and House Bill 354, would implement certain changes to the law established by the voter initiative, but...

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