The State of Marijuana in The Buckeye State and Fiscal Policy Considerations of Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 484, June 2019

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center Student Paper Series, No. 6

15 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2019

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Finley Newman-James

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students

Date Written: June 10, 2019

Abstract

In 1975, Ohio’s 63rd Governor James A. Rhodes joined the growing trend of marijuana decriminalization by signing a bill passed by the legislature that supported amending the Ohio Revised Code to remove criminal penalties for use of marijuana. This was the first big change to marijuana laws in Ohio. Despite Ohio being one of the most conservative states in the country at the time, Rhodes brought Ohio to become the 6th state to relax punishments on marijuana use.

Since that time, a lot has changed regarding the status of cannabis in the Buckeye State. This paper will first describe the past legal framework for marijuana along with current developments and proposed changes in the future, including a citizen’s ballot initiative that will appear on the November 2019 ballot that could potentially make sweeping changes to Ohio’s Constitution and marijuana law in Ohio. This is then followed by an analysis of the potential benefits that recreational marijuana could have in respect to key fiscal budgetary issues facing the state of Ohio.

Suggested Citation

Newman-James, Finley, The State of Marijuana in The Buckeye State and Fiscal Policy Considerations of Legalized Recreational Marijuana (June 10, 2019). Ohio State Public Law Working Paper No. 484, June 2019. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3401799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3401799

Finley Newman-James (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU), Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Students ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

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