Ohio Gov. Pressing Lawmakers to Allow Adult-Use Cannabis Sales

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is urging state legislators to approve a proposal that would allow medical cannabis dispensaries to also cater to adult-use customers, following voter approval of adult-use cannabis but without the implementation of a market.

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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is calling on Ohio lawmakers to pass a proposal that would enable the state’s medical cannabis dispensaries to serve adult-use customers, according to a 10 TV report.

The Ohio Division of Cannabis Control Board has already proposed letting current cannabis dispensaries apply for dual-use licenses that could serve both the medical and adult-use retail markets. Nilendu Singh, General Manager at Nar Reserve Dispensary in downtown Columbus, said in the report that he’s eager for the opportunity to serve adult-use customers.

“We are ready to implement it overnight. I think that is where a lot of dispensaries are at too and Nar Reserve is no different. The moment we get that license or we know we are getting it, we will be ready to roll it out that day.” — Singh, via 10 TV

Voters opted to legalize adult-use cannabis during last November’s election but Ohio lawmakers have yet to implement the adult-use market, which continues to confuse some would-be adult-use customers.

“We get phone calls all day long from people asking if we sell recreationally, and people don’t know, and that is the biggest problem,” Singh said in the report.

Shortly after voters passed the legalization initiative, the state’s Republican-led Legislature considered changing the voter-approved measure by removing provisions that prevented municipalities from banning cannabis operations and home cultivation and sought to change how cannabis taxes would be earmarked in the state.

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