marijuana

Recreational marijuana could mean $375 million per year in Ohio taxes, OSU researchers say

BY: - April 20, 2022

Recreational marijuana in Ohio could mean up to $375 million in annual tax revenue for the state, according to new research from Ohio State University. The study, released just in time for America’s annual, informal marijuana celebration day Wednesday, uses tax estimates from an initiated statute effort to legalize marijuana in the state, possibly via […]

Schumer, Booker, Wyden ask U.S. Senate colleagues for help on marijuana reform

BY: - February 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — A small but influential group of Democratic senators is asking their colleagues for input on how best to overhaul the federal government’s cannabis laws. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and New Jersey’s Cory Booker released a letter Thursday asking senators whose states have legalized marijuana and those who sit on committees […]

House advances marijuana banking bill, though final passage uncertain

BY: - February 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Cannabis dispensaries throughout the country came one step closer to using banks the way many other businesses can when the U.S. House on Friday cleared a bill with sweeping changes to banking regulations. Colorado Democrat Ed Perlmutter and Ohio Republican Dave Joyce, co-sponsors of the legislation, said Friday their proposal would allow medical […]

With enough signatures in, recreational marijuana bill goes to the legislature  

BY: - January 31, 2022

If lawmakers can’t or won’t pass a proposed bill, recreational marijuana in Ohio could be a matter for the people to decide. Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Friday that the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted enough valid signatures to set in motion what’s known as an “initiated statute” process. The coalition gathered […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

BY: - December 27, 2021

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute. The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications. But 36 states plus the District of […]

Recreational marijuana nearing enough signatures to force lawmakers’ hands, organizer says

BY: - November 22, 2021

A direct-democracy attempt to force the state legislature to act on recreational marijuana will have enough signatures by the month’s end to set a plan in motion, an organizer projected Friday. Ohio attorney Thomas Haren, a representative of the “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol,” said he expects that enough signatures will be gathered to […]

As Ohio House’s war on vaccine mandates fades, Speaker reticent on what’s next

BY: - October 18, 2021

Despite a political dead cat bounce late last week, the Ohio House’s war on vaccine mandates ended in stalemate, if not a humble retreat. After eight hearings on two versions of legislation to ban vaccine mandates, the requisite support failed to materialize and Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Ohio, said Wednesday it’s time to move […]

House Republicans propose legalizing marijuana for 21+ recreational use

BY: - October 13, 2021

Two Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday proposed legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Ohio. In legislation that has not yet been formally introduced, Reps. Jamie Callender and Ron Ferguson pitched a program that would allow Ohioans 21 and older to purchase marijuana from licensed distributors or grow up to six plants in their home. “Adults […]

Recreational marijuana in Ohio? State gives OK for petitioners to gather 133K signatures

BY: - August 31, 2021

A state board gave the green light for organizers to begin gathering tens of thousands of signatures to inch closer to legalizing the sale of marijuana for recreational use in Ohio. Should they gather the roughly 133,000 signatures needed, the so-called “Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” organizers would give their proposal to the Ohio […]

Dems take aim at legalized marijuana

BY: - August 1, 2021

Two Democrats plan to bring up the legalization of recreational marijuana, while also trying to cancel out past criminal convictions related to marijuana. State Reps. Casey Weinstein, D-Hudson, and Terrence Upchurch, D-Cleveland, introduced a new bill to decriminalize marijuana, along with creating a marijuana excise tax, commerce and licensing in the industry and appropriations for […]

Mailbag: We might not know who won Ohio on Election Day. Here’s why.

BY: - October 15, 2020

There is Supreme Court confirmation drama underway in Washington, D.C., but the necessity of reading the Ohio Capital Journal is a well-established super-precedent. It’s time for the Mailbag:  Got a question about Ohio politics or the elections? Send them to [email protected] or tweet them to @tylerjoelb. Do mail-in votes and in-person early votes both start […]

Mailbag: DeWine impeachment, legalized cannabis and local news coverage

BY: - August 27, 2020

The first clue came last Sunday evening. “Big News OHIO,” State Rep. Nino Vitale posted to his Facebook page. “9 am Tomorrow Right Here.” His large social media following got excited. Some thought Vitale was announcing a run for governor. Others presumed it had something to do with Gov. Mike DeWine; Vitale has been on […]