Local dispensary owner anticipates revenue boost and transparency … – WTOV Steubenville

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — Ohioans voted in favor to commercialize, regulate, legalize, and tax adult use marijuana, including buying, selling, and growing cannabis, making the Buckeye State the 24th state to do so in the U.S.

Wintersville Mayor Mike Petrella is the owner of Ohio Valley Natural Relief, a medical marijuana dispensary.

He had been advocating for a yes vote.

Petrella says Issue 2 will benefit more than just marijuana consumers.

“So far the response has been OK,” he said. “I know statewide I’ve gotten a lot of calls. It’s all about moving the program forward in a better direction.

“It would impact us greatly. There’s a 10 percent tax on all recreational marijuana that will be in place and 36 percent of that tax will be coming back to municipalities that have dispensaries located in them. For Jefferson County, there are two located in Wintersville so that will be a huge increase in revenue.”

Petrella says current Ohio regulations will still be in place with the new program, creating more transparency, and helping to eliminate lethal threats like the black market.

This measure will take effect in 30 days, but Petrella said it could take a few months to really see this form in its entirety.

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