Issue Two poses to legalize, commercialize, regulate, and tax marijuana in Ohio
By Lauren Wolters, WoltersL1@Findlay.edu
While most discussion concentrates on Issue One for Ohio’s Nov. 7 election, the ballot also proposes another important issue for Ohio voters.
This second proposed law, known as Issue Two, looks to commercialize, regulate, legalize and tax the adult use of cannabis in Ohio. Ohioans can either vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to each of the issues listed on the ballet. According to the Secretary of State’s office, if a majority ‘yes’ vote is reached on election day the issue would go into effect in 30 days.
Currently, 23 states fully legalized the use of marijuana; while 38 states including Ohio legalized medicinal marijuana use for approved medical conditions. Ohio’s proposed issue aims to place a 10 percent excise tax on all marijuana purchases, except for those part of medical marijuana programs. Ohioans 21 years and older could possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, 15 grams of marijuana concentrate and grow their own plants.
The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is a key advocate for Issue 2, while Protect Ohio Workers and Families opposed. Protect Ohio Workers and Families claims legalization of marijuana may cause addiction, increase chances of accidental ingestion by minors and increase fatal/injury car crashes. Due to this, some people are wary of making it accessible to Ohioans
According to WKYC Studios, some believe the bill’s approval could generate state and local tax revenue, which could be used to improve roads, public safety and treatments. The bill’s passing could also help those with unapproved medical conditions, like veterans and patients, acquire marijuana. A third argument for the bill states that marijuana’s legalization can ensure it’s used safely and regulated, while also eliminating the illegal market for the product.
Polls open Nov. 7 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.