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Let’s Get TREAD:his Party Started
So, what’s the buzz all about? Well, Ohioans aged 21 and above are now free to use, grow, or even sell marijuana, thanks to a regulation-and-tax program set by the state. And here’s the kicker: it’s all happening in 30 days!
That’s right, the measure takes effect faster than a rabbit on roller skates. The cool part? Supporters of this move have compared it to regulating marijuana “like alcohol.” Now, we all know how good that system works, right?
A State of Firsts and Munchies
Medical marijuana had already made its way to Ohio in 2016, joining the ranks of more than three dozen states. But what makes this so special is the leap from medical use to recreational fun.
This new high is spreading like wildfire, with other states like Florida, Nebraska, and South Dakota lining up to put their own recreational marijuana measures on the ballot. However, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma tried this year and, well, it went up in smoke.
The Opponents and Their Creative Fears
Not everyone was thrilled about Ohio’s embrace of the Mary Jane. There were opponents who aired ads claiming that marijuana sellers would turn into Willy Wonkas of weed,
marketing edibles to children as if they were candy. They even brought out the big guns, featuring law enforcement officers trying to put the brakes on this whole marijuana parade.
But, guess what? Ohioans said, “Nah, we’re good.” So, we’ll have to see if kids suddenly start confusing gummy bears with gummy bears.
The Federal vs. State Tug of War
One thing to remember is that possessing marijuana is still a no-no at the federal level. However, President Joe Biden decided to be the “chill” president by announcing pardons for folks with past simple marijuana possessions. It’s like he’s handing out get-out-of-jail-free cards!
Even the Justice Department decided to take a laid-back approach in states that have given marijuana the green light. It’s like they have better things to do than worry about a plant.
Oh, and the Department of Health and Human Services even suggested the Drug Enforcement Administration should “reschedule” marijuana, loosening the restrictions. It’s almost as if they realized they’re fighting a losing battle.
So there you have it, Ohio is joining the party, and the marijuana momentum keeps on rolling. Stay tuned as more states decide whether to embrace the leafy embrace of Mary Jane or stick to their guns. As they say, “In weed we trust.”