Ohio voters have made a historic decision by approving a measure to legalize recreational marijuana, making the state the 24th in the United States to do so. The passage of Issue 2 on Tuesday defied the opposition of Republican legislative leaders and marks a significant step towards the end of prohibition in Ohio. Starting next month, Ohioans aged 21 and above will be able to legally possess, cultivate, and purchase recreational marijuana.
The approval of recreational marijuana in Ohio comes as no surprise, as nearby states like Michigan and New York have recently embraced legalization. Since 2016, medical marijuana has been legal in Ohio, paving the way for the state's progressive stance on cannabis. The passing of Issue 2 further solidifies Ohio's commitment to cannabis reform.
The citizens' initiated measure, known as Issue 2, not only legalize the possess and cultivation of recreational marijuana but also allows for its retail sale. This comprehensive approach ensures that Ohioans will have access to a regulated and safe market for recreational cannabis. The measure received strong support from a majority of voters, highlighting the growing acceptance and understanding of marijuana's potential benefits.