Recreational marijuana sales, hemp farms and a way to erase past drug convictions could be coming soon to Ohio.
That’s if all goes according to Ian James’ plans.
The man behind Ohio’s 2015 failed marijuana legalization measure has big plans for cannabis policy in Ohio. James is a controversial figure in Ohio politics and among marijuana activists. But the ResponsibleOhioinitiative he backed was the only one out of a dozen legalization proposals made over the years to appear on a statewide ballot.
James, speaking with reporters Tuesday, said he plans this year to push legislation to legalize hemp production in Ohio, back a new “free market” recreational marijuana constitutional amendment and reintroduce the “Fresh Start Act” to allow Ohioans to expunge convictions for crimes that are no longer criminal offenses.