Ohio passed a new law legalizing recreational marijuana, meaning adults 21 and older can buy, possess, and grow weed. But there is still no place to purchase the seeds or the marijuana legally. 

 Where can you buy weed in Ohio? weed

Ohioans will be able to legally purchase marijuana at licensed retailers/dispensaries. However, retailers are not expected to open until later this year. The state has not yet established the programs and licensing necessary to allow shops to open. Initially, they will issue cultivator licenses and dispensary licenses to certain applicants, but the general public will not be able to apply. 

Currently, the state’s existing medical dispensaries still cannot sell cannabis to all adults, only to registered medical patients. 

When can you buy weed in Ohio? 

Although the new law took place to legalize weed in Ohio on December 7, 2023, Ohioans likely won’t be able to purchase weed legally until the summer or fall of 2024, depending on the decisions of Ohio lawmakers. 

What are the details of Ohio’s new marijuana law? 

● The new law will allow the sale and purchase of marijuana. 

● Adults ages 21+ can possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates. 

● Individuals can grow up to 6 marijuana plants at home, and households can cultivate up to 12 plants. 

What are the limitations of legalized weed in Ohio? 

● You may not operate a vehicle (car, bike, boat, or airplane) under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both, including marijuana. Driving high in Ohio could result in an OVI with the same consequences as drunk driving. 

● It is still illegal to transport marijuana across state lines (including Ohio’s neighbor Kentucky, where recreational marijuana is still illegal). 

● Public use of marijuana is still limited by the state’s smoking ban. 

○ Smoking in an apartment may be regulated by the landlord. 

○ Smoking on private property may be regulated by the property owner.

○ Use of marijuana at work may be regulated by the employer. 

Is it legal to buy Delta-8 products in Ohio? 

Delta-8 products, which use cannabinoids derived from hemp, are currently legal for purchase in Ohio. The new marijuana law is still subject to change and may be expanded to include delta-8 THC products, but for now, they are unregulated.

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