Ohio Could Legalize Marijuana On Tuesday. It Could Also Change The Entire Legalization Game.

OHIO: On Tuesday, Ohio could become the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana.

But the story line there is less about how a culturally conservative state feels about pot and more about how a group of savvy political and business operatives are forging a new path forward for the growing movement that could fundamentally change who gets in the game — and why.

Depending on what happens in Ohio, the next iteration of pro-legalization activists could be motivated by an entirely different kind of green: Cash.

Here’s what you need to know about Ohio’s unusual ballot initiative to legalize pot and how it could change the marijuana legalization movement.

 

Attorney General Mike DeWine Sues Toledo Over Marijuana Decriminalization Law

OHIO: Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is suing the city of Toledo over a new voter-approved city ordinance that reduces penalties for marijuana possession and other drug crimes.

DeWine asked the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas to invalidate several portions of Toledo’s “Sensible Marihuana Ordinance” approved by voters last month because they contradict Ohio law.

The new ordinance, which passed with 70 percent of the vote, kept marijuana use illegal but reduced penalties for cultivating or possessing marijuana to no jail time and no fine.

“This ordinance encourages drug cartels to set up marijuana distribution operations in Toledo with less fear of prison or penalties,” DeWine said in a news release. “Absent legal action, it is not hard to imagine international drug rings making Toledo their regional base of operations.”