Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has issued a legal analysis of the proposed cannabis legalization ballot initiative set for November 7, aiming to provide clarity for Ohioans.
In the analysis, Yost refrained from taking a position on the initiative but emphasized that it might not entirely eliminate the cannabis black market. The proposed program would grant licenses to businesses based on various factors, including financial stability, social disadvantage, and economic disadvantage.
The initiative also outlines an outreach campaign for educating potential participants, offering financial assistance, grants, and technical support, promoting diverse hiring practices, and funding research initiatives. Furthermore, it establishes a cannabis addiction services program funded by a 10% excise tax on cannabis products.
However, the analysis highlights that the proposal doesn’t address the potential conflicts between state and federal cannabis laws, leaving room for federal prosecution despite state-level reforms.
Yost’s aim is to provide Ohioans with crucial information to make informed decisions about the proposed cannabis legalization initiative.
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