After Initial Rejection, Ohio AG Certifies Marijuana Legalization Law, But the Damage May Already Be Done

Cozen O'Connor
Contact

Cozen O'Connor

Marijuana legalization activists have finally won the support of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R). On Friday August 20, AG Yost approved summary language in a petition submission for a proposed law, the “Act to Control and Regulate Adult Use Cannabis,” penned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (the Coalition). The proposed law will permit individuals over the age of 21 to buy, possess, grow, and use marijuana, among other things.  

As previously reported, AG Yost initially rejected the Coalition’s summary language. This constituted a significant setback in the proposed law’s path to enactment, as it allowed AG Yost to signal concerns with the proposed law to other entities like the Ohio Ballot Board and the Ohio Legislature. While it remains to be seen whether the Ballot Board will identify the same issues raised by the AG, the damage may already be done. The proposed law will undoubtedly face a great deal of scrutiny going forward. 

So what lessons can be drawn from the Coalition’s struggles with AG Yost? Groups attempting to get a proposed law through a state legislature or onto the ballot should strive to make an ally of the AG from the outset. By maintaining an open dialogue with the AG’s office, they will gain a better understanding of what the AG is looking for in summary petitions. When groups invest in those conversations prior to submitting specific proposals, they can avoid a more public damning of the proposed law and the creation of further obstacles to enactment. 

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Cozen O'Connor | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Cozen O'Connor
Contact
more
less

Cozen O'Connor on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.