An Ohio ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state is projected to pass, making it the 24th U.S. state to allow such use of the drug.
The measure allows people 21 and older to buy and possess up to 2.5 ounces of the drug and to grow marijuana plants at home. It’s set to go into effect Dec. 7.
The bill’s passage on Tuesday comes eight years after Ohio voters soundly rejected a recreational weed ballot initiative. However, they voted to legalize medical marijuana a year later in 2016.
Main support for the bill came from the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which highlighted in recent ads the business opportunity lost by Ohioans crossing the border to Michigan, where recreational weed has been legal since 2018, to purchase the drug.
“Like all Ohioans I want to see my tax dollars stay in our state and go toward making our communities stronger,” campaign spokesperson Tom Haren said in a statement last month. The campaign pointed to a recent Ohio State University study that found legal recreational cannabis in Ohio could produce to $403 million in sales by the fifth year of operation.
The bill’s main opponent,