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Policy considerations

Cannabis regulation in Ohio

On Nov. 7, 2023, Ohio voters approved Ohio Issue 2. The ballot initiative changed Ohio law to allow the sale and purchase of recreational cannabis, regulated by a new Division of Cannabis Control within the Ohio Department of Commerce. As the General Assembly considers legislation to regulate recreational cannabis, and the executive branch considers next steps, policymakers will need to weigh public health, public safety, equity and other considerations.

The brief gives an overview of the current status of recreational cannabis legislation under consideration in the General Assembly and also draws on previous HPIO analysis to outline what lessons can be learned from current tobacco and alcohol policy to inform future cannabis regulation.




Facts and Figures

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Hailey Akah, JD, MA

Nick Wiselogel, MA

Amy Bush Stevens, MSW, MPH

Published On

March 7, 2024

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