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Ohio Dems Introduce Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana

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BY: SUSAN TEBBEN

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 research on medical marijuana.

“This bill is much needed in Ohio, and it’s time for Ohio to become a national leader in marijuana decriminalization and legalization,” said Upchurch in a statement on Friday.

If passed as written, the excise tax included in the bill would be 10% on the sales of marijuana by retailers and microbusinesses, and it would be distributed to K-12 education and infrastructure maintenance.

This article was republished with permission from Ohio Capital Journal. For more in Ohio political news, visit www.ohiocapitaljournal.com.

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