CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Associated Press has called one of the most highly-watched contests in the country. Tuesday night, the people of Ohio have decided to legalize recreational marijuana for adults (those 21+).
Issue 2 required a simple majority of 50% plus one vote to pass. With nearly 50% of precincts reporting, AP called the race at 9:45 p.m.
The citizen-initiated statute makes it legal for adults to have 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of cannabis extract. People could have as many as 12 plants on their property, as long as at least two adults live there.
Cannabis products are also going to be taxed an extra 10% on top of existing sales taxes in the state. The statute says revenues from the sale of marijuana would fund things like drug treatment and prevention along with public safety and road improvements.
While groups for the issue’s passage say it’s high time the substance was legalized in the state, following in the footsteps of 23 other states, those against say marijuana could lead to more instances of DUIs and exposure to children.
“Marijuana is no longer a controversial issue,” said Tom Haren, spokesman for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “Ohioans demonstrated this by passing State Issue 2 in a landslide. Ohioans are being extremely clear on the future they want for our state: adult-use marijuana legal and regulated.”
However, opponents of the issue announced the fight is not over.
The statute is not going into effect until Dec. 7.
Medical marijuana is already legal in Ohio. Find a full and comprehensive guide to what Issue 2’s passing means right here.