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Which Ohio Towns And Cities Have Banned Cannabis Businesses?

Legal adult-use cannabis sales are expected to launch as early as next month in Ohio, although not every jurisdiction will allow such sales to occur. As of March 31, 2024, forty seven Ohio municipalities had adopted moratoriums on cannabis commerce activity. Zoom forward to mid-June, and that number has increased to 56 municipalities.

Below are the jurisdictions in alphabetical order:

  1. Ashland
  2. Austintown Township
  3. Avon Lake
  4. Barberton
  5. Beachwood
  6. Beavercreek
  7. Bellefontaine
  8. Bellville
  9. Brunswick
  10. Carlisle
  11. Centerville
  12. Clayton
  13. Copley Township
  14. Eaton
  15. Fairfield
  16. Forest Park
  17. Franklin
  18. Granville Township
  19. Green
  20. Hamilton
  21. Hudson
  22. Kettering
  23. Kirtland
  24. Lakewood
  25. Lexington
  26. Lisbon
  27. Logan
  28. Madison Township
  29. Marysville
  30. Medina Township
  31. Miamisburg
  32. Monroe
  33. Napoleon
  34. New Franklin
  35. North Olmstead
  36. North Royalton
  37. Northfield
  38. Norton
  39. Obetz
  40. Ontario
  41. Orange
  42. Perrysburg
  43. Salem
  44. Shelby
  45. Springboro
  46. Strongsville
  47. Sycamore Township
  48. Trotwood
  49. Troy
  50. Vandalia
  51. Washington Township
  52. Waynesville
  53. West Carrollton
  54. West Chester Township
  55. Westlake
  56. Xenia

Out of the 24 states that have adopted adult-use cannabis legalization measures, only four states (New Mexico, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Minnesota) restrict local governments from prohibiting recreational cannabis businesses. Washington D.C. has also adopted a recreational legalization measure, however, Congress continues to prohibit the district from allowing recreational cannabis sales.

Just because a local jurisdiction initially prohibits adult-use businesses from operating does not mean that it stays that way forever. A great example of a jurisdiction lifting a moratorium, and reaping the financial benefits from doing so, can be found in Ontario, Oregon.

Oregon voters approved a statewide adult-use legalization measure in 2014, with legal sales beginning in 2015. Ontario initially prohibited adult-use sales within city limits, however, the ban was lifted years later and now more than 10% of all cannabis sales in Oregon occur in Ontario (which is located along the Oregon/Idaho border).

The United States adult-use cannabis industry has generated over $20 billion in total tax revenue since the first legal recreational cannabis purchase was made in Colorado on January 1st, 2014 according to a report by the Marijuana Policy Project.

“Through the first quarter of 2024, states have reported a combined total of more than $20 billion in tax revenue from legal, adult-use cannabis sales. In 2023 alone, legalization states generated more than $4 billion in cannabis tax revenue from adult-use sales, which is the most revenue generated by cannabis sales in a single year.” the Marijuana Policy Project stated in a press release.

79% of people living in the United States lived in a county with at least one regulated cannabis dispensary according to an analysis by the Pew Research Center. The Pew Research Center also found the following:

  • 74% of people in the U.S. live in a state where recreational or medical cannabis is legal
  • There are nearly 15,000 cannabis dispensaries in the U.S.
  • California has the most overall dispensaries (3,659)
  • Oklahoma has the most dispensaries per capita (36 dispensaries for every 100,000 residents)

Total legal cannabis sales in the United States are expected to reach $31.4 billion in 2024 according to a recent analysis by Whitney Economics. Additionally, leading cannabis jobs platform Vangst, in conjunction with Whitney Economics, estimates that the legal cannabis industry now supports 440,445 full time-equivalent cannabis jobs in the United States.

Whitney Economics also projects the following legal cannabis sales figures in the United States for the coming years:

  • 2024: $31.4 billion (9.1% growth from 2023)
  • 2025: $35.2 billion (12.1% growth from 2024)
  • 2030: $67.2 billion
  • 2035: $87.0 billion

The emerging legal cannabis industry in the United States is projected to add roughly $112 billion to the nation’s economy in 2024 according to an analysis by MJBiz Daily. The projection is part of the company’s 2024 MJBiz Factbook.

“The total U.S. economic impact generated by regulated marijuana sales could top $112.4 billion in 2024, about 12% more than last year,” MJBiz stated in its initial reporting.