Marijuana reform advocates in the state of Ohio have formally filed measure to put marijuana legalization before voters this year.
Under the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol” measure, adults 21 and older would be allowed to purchase, possess and cultivate cannabis for personal use. Possession would be capped at one ounce, and individuals could grow up to six plants, three of which could be mature.
The state Department of Commerce would be responsible for regulating the marijuana market and issuing licenses for cannabis businesses under the measure and it would be empowered to impose a special excise tax on marijuana sales.
At least 25 percent of that revenue would have to go toward a commission tasked with making recommendations on promoting social equity in the industry according to the proposal. Half of the revenue would be allocated to the “State Local Government Fund” and at least 10 percent would go to local jurisdictions that allow cannabis retail stores to operate.
“Adults should be permitted to responsibly consume marijuana,” Tom Haren, general counsel and spokesman for the campaign, said in a press release.
In order to qualify, advocates must collect about 443,000 valid signatures from registered voters by July 1st.