Law unlikely to pass in this session
Important first step
Two Ohio legislators have introduced a bill to legalize marijuana. The bill — H.B. 210 — would:
- legalize possession of up to 200 grams of marijuana.
- allow cultivation of up to 12 plants.
- authorize people with prior convictions to not report those offenses.
- let people convicted of marijuana offenses apply to have the convictions expunged from their criminal records.
Thanks to Ohio Rep. Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland), and Rep. Sedrick Denson (D-Cincinnati) for introducing this forward-thinking legislation.
The proposal has little chance of passing in this legislative session, but it’s an important start. Let’s hope additional legislators (from both parties) sign on as co-sponsors on the bill and a hearing is held on the merits of the bill to legalize marijuana.
HB 210 can be found here.