Democratic state Reps. Casey Weinstein of Hudson and Terrance Upchurch of Cleveland are making ready to introduce laws within the subsequent few weeks to legalize leisure marijuana in an effort to capitalize on financial alternatives for the state and handle disproportionate imprisonment of Black individuals for non-violent offenses, Weinstein advised the Cleveland Jewish News April 22.
The lawmakers will probably be assembly with stakeholders, together with representatives from felony justice reform and marijuana enterprise teams, within the subsequent few weeks to start crafting the laws, Weinstein mentioned.
This contains assembly with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, which is a nonpartisan company offering the Ohio General Assembly with drafting, analysis, price range and financial evaluation, coaching and different providers.
Not solely do present marijuana legal guidelines overwhelmingly hurt communities of colour, however there are additionally great financial and tax advantages to a authorized trade, based on Weinstein.
“I don’t want Ohio left behind,” he mentioned.
He is optimistic he can garner bipartisan help given the broad help such laws has obtained throughout the nation.
More particulars are anticipated by mid-May, Weinstein mentioned.