COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Thousands of people waited in long lines on New Year’s Day to buy marijuana on the first day of sales in Illinois. Nearly $11 million in sales were made in the first week. While Midwestern states like Michigan and Illinois have legalized adult-use marijuana but so far there are no plans for Ohio to follow suit. Activists and advocates may be trying to change that but it’s unlikely Ohio’s cannabis laws will change in the near future.
“It’s not a matter of if this is going to come to the state but when it’s going to come,” said Tim Johnson with the Ohio Cannabis and Hemp Chamber of Commerce. “Ohio is very active. The advocates, the activists, those organizations that are involved in this to seeing something happen in Ohio. It’s just a matter of time. It’s around the corner. It’s going to happen.”
So far marijuana is only legal in Ohio for medical purposes. There are 21 conditions approved by the state for people to use it for treatment. The state released new figures Tuesday showing nearly 80,000 registered patients in Ohio. More than 55,000…. Read More