Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Put Marijuana Legalization Before State Voters

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director May 3, 2013

    Representative Robert F. Hagan (D-Youngstown) has introduced a measure that would put marijuana legalization on the ballot before state voters. House Joint Resolution 6 would place a question on the Ohio ballot asking voters to approve allowing people 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana. Under this proposal marijuana would be sold only by state-licensed establishments and would be subject to a 15 percent excise tax.

    “With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more-sensible drug policy in this country,” stated Representative Hagan.

    To be placed on the ballot, HJR 6 would need to receive a three-fifths vote from the legislature. The full text of the measure is available online here.

    If you live in Ohio, please take a moment to contact your Representative and urge him/her to support this historic legislation! It is time to let the people of Ohio decide for themselves whether or not it is time to legalize marijuana.


    114 responses to “Ohio Lawmaker Introduces Measure to Put Marijuana Legalization Before State Voters”

    1. Vape Escape says:

      The dominoes are starting to fall. The feds will have to give in at some point. We will have the marijuana and hemp industries back in America. Our deficit will disappear after that happens and all of America and the world will benefit greatly.

    2. michael says:

      a gift from god

    3. It’s beyond time for reform of our current drug policy. The war on Marijuana is a complete failure. Our children have much easier access to marijuana then a 12 pack of budlight because alcohol is regulated. Lets eliminate the drug dealer and profit from the tax revenue and give the money to our state not our state criminals. Let our people make the decision. Enough is enough!

    4. Have one says:

      And what about those who continue to grow and sell it illegally, subjecting children to the additional dangers.

    5. RickyWilliams says:

      So, lets say that this passes. (and similar laws of other states) What about drug tests for jobs? Would it still be illegal for THC? I’m curious because I’ll be working in a hospital..

    6. Bud says:

      It is about time 😉

    7. Fireweed says:

      Finally my state…..

    8. Chuck S. says:

      Come on Ohioans, write you representativs and get this on the ballot

    9. Gloria Z says:

      It’s a “joint” resolution!

    10. Erik Abild says:

      Can anyone tell me, if this resolution ends up on the Ohio ballot, what date will it be up for vote? How will I vote? Is this a petition that I can sign? What else can I do to help? Such as maybe door to door or any other means of promoting..