Ohio lawmakers throw tardy marijuana dispensaries a lifeline: Capitol Letter – cleveland.com

Rotunda Rumblings

Open sesame: About 30 provisionally licensed medical marijuana dispensaries that were supposed to open last February still haven’t opened. But Gov. Mike DeWine and the legislature did them a solid in the budget by extending the deadline to open until the end of the year. If they open by Dec. 31, any disciplinary fines or actions will also be wiped off their record. This would make it easier for the businesses to be sold to large, multi-state operators that trade on the Canadian Securities Exchange, Laura Hancock reports.

Pros and cons: U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce, a South Russell Republican who formerly served as Geauga County’s prosecutor, on Monday announced support for a Nov. 7 ballot measure to legalize recreational, adult-use marijuana in Ohio, Sabrina Eaton reports with Hancock. Also on Monday, the Ohio Business Roundtable, an organization that represents over 100 of the state’s largest employers, announced its opposition to the recreational marijuana proposal, which will be called Issue 2 in the Nov. 7 election.

Watch your language: The backers of the proposed abortion rights constitutional amendment announced Monday they want the Ohio Supreme Court to force the Ohio Ballot Board to rewrite the language that will appear on Nov. 7

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