Yesterday Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejected a the ResponsibleOhio bill proposal that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. ResponsibleOhio is the political action committee consisting of NBA legend Oscar Robertson and other Ohio elite that was scrutinized for proposing an amendment that would limit who could enter the industry by allowing only ten cannabis cultivators for the entire state.
This proposal for legalized marijuana in Ohio looks much different than Colorado or Washington’s. There would be a total of 10 cultivation sites, which have been promised to financial donors of the campaign. Tax revenue collected from transactions at all levels of the supply chain would be given to local governments.
Attorney General DeWine sent ResponsibleOhio a summary letter detailing where the proposal fell short.
- It doesn’t mention that the proposed amendment allows adults over age 21 to share specified amounts of marijuana.
- It does not “accurately reflect the manner in which proposed taxes would be distributed.”
Additionally, the attorney general cited one of the cultivation facility locations as a potential violation of the amendment’s own restrictions on acceptable growing sites. The bill language clearly states that grow sites, retail stores, & manufacturing facilities must be at least 1,000 feet away from schools, libraries, houses of worship, and day cares.
The rejection of the proposal did not come as a surprise to many, including ResponsibleOhio who recently announced that they already had plans to submit a new proposal which would include topics that were missed in the first one. The new proposal allows for home cultivation for adults 21 and older. They would be permitted to grow up to 4 mature plants for personal use with a state approved license. The new proposal also eliminates the questionable cultivation center location.
If the new proposal is accepted by Attorney General DeWine and approved as a single ballot issue by the Ohio Ballot Board, ResponsibleOhio must still collect a minimum of 305,591 registered voter signatures in order to place it on the November ballot. Signatures must be collected and submitted no later than July 1, 2015.