Department of Commerce Issues FAQ about Recreational Marijuana Implementation and Timeline

Voters approved the adult use marijuana legalization-initiated statute Issue 2 by a vote of 57 percent to 43 percent. Initiated statutes become effective 30 days after Election Day.

The new law establishes the Division of Cannabis Control under DOC and gives the division up to nine months to write rules and issue licenses.

Because of this process, adults ages 21 and older could have to wait nine months to purchase recreational marijuana from a dispensary in Ohio.

DOC also noted that the General Assembly could make changes to the law in the coming months.