On November 7, 2023, Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved an MPP-backed initiative to legalize cannabis for adults! Ohio is now the 24th state in the country to legalize adult-use marijuana and the 14th to do so by a public vote. With this victory, more than half of Americans (52%) live in a legal cannabis state for the first time! Furthermore, it puts us just one state away from half of the states in the country ending cannabis prohibition!
Once the measure is certified, adults 21 and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, including up to 15 grams of concentrate, and securely grow up to six plants. Legal sales are anticipated to begin in 2024. Issue 2 also allocates funding to establish a social equity and jobs program, and to study expungement and sentencing reform. Check out our summary for more details of the new law.
MPP was proud to be a major financial supporter of the campaign. Our involvement in Ohio cannabis reform efforts dates back to 2015, when MPP joined forces with local advocates to spearhead a ballot initiative campaign to enact medical cannabis, which spurred the legislature to enact the state’s medical cannabis law.