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Roll It Up, Ohio! Here’s When You Can Finally Buy Recreational Cannabis Legally

Ready to trade in your home-grown for something a bit more… store bought?

After months of anticipation and navigating through a maze of legislative red tape, recreational marijuana is finally set to hit the shelves in the Buckeye State. Yep, you heard right—by mid-June, you’ll be able to legally purchase your green goodies. But before you mark your calendars, let’s roll through the highs and lows that got us to this moment.

The Journey to Green Bliss

Since December, when Ohio voters enthusiastically said “yes” to recreational cannabis, the scene has been, well, anticlimactic. Sure, Ohioans over 21 could grow and possess their own cannabis (cheers to that!), but finding a legal spot to buy it? Not so much. This gap Gov. Mike DeWine and his fellow Republicans who feared the rise of a black market.

The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review just gave the green light to a set of rules that are kind of a big deal. These rules pave the way for a smooth transition allowing current medical marijuana dispensaries to expand their market.

What’s the Timeline Looking Like?

Here’s the tea: applications for dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis are set to drop by June 7 at the latest. The Division of Cannabis Control is trying to stick to the timeline with hopes to get things moving ASAP.

The Details Of The New Law

Under the new law, if you’re 21 or up, you can roll with up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to six plants per person or 12 per household. And while enjoying your legal greens, you’ll be contributing to a 10% tax that supports everything from addiction treatment to social equity programs. Yeah, smoking a joint will actually help fund important stuff!

What’s Next?

While the rollout seems like smooth sailing ahead, keep an eye out for more legislative tweaks that address things like child safety and marketing regulations—important stuff to keep the vibe responsible and chill.

If all goes according to plan, pretty soon, you’ll be able to walk into a dispensary and legally buy cannabis like it’s a trip to your favorite coffee shop. It’s a big win for freedom, choice, and, frankly, convenience. And it’s all happening because Ohio decided it was time to embrace the leafy greens of progress.

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