Ohio Voters Snuff Out Issue 3

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Seemingly more fearful of the proposed marijuana monopoly than of being arrested for pot – Ohio’s voters have snuffed out Issue 3, putting down like a rabid animal the ballot measure that would have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

Trounced by a resounding 34.8% to 65.1%, the unofficial election results clearly demonstrated Ohio’s rejection of the proposed legalization framework. Comprised of a network of 10 cultivation facilities, many felt the proposed monopoly killed the optimistic polling numbers heading into the election.

Despite an October Quinnipiac poll that had shown 53% of Ohio’s voters were down with legalizing marijuana, the majority ultimately decided that Issue 3 was an ugly initiative that needed to be put out of its misery. Blaming the painful loss on the initiative’s proposed monopoly, voters like Katie Kauffeld told USA Today:

I don’t have a problem with the legalization of marijuana, I have a problem with the monopoly and the way this particular amendment was written up

While the rejection of Issue 3 smells like failure from a distance – it actually represents a thoughtful step forward. Rather than accepting legalization at any cost, Ohio’s voters have instead opted to wait for the right ballot initiative; hopefully putting the hot topic high on the To Do List for the Ohio state legislature going forward.

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4 Comments

  1. Shame on NORML for endorsing this initiative built on monopolistic greed (even though their support was tepid). Ohioans have waited this long for social justice and waiting one more year for an initiative that’s both socially just and economically just for small businesses and growers will be worth it in the long run.

    • Ohio NORML was against this bill, they kicked out and blocked any dues paying member that supported it.. i supported this bill, as a medical patient, it would of allowed me to grow 8 plants in my home. i would never of needed to buy from RO..

  2. Greed killed Issue 3. I’m for legalization but I’m glad the monopolists lost. If you are going to do it, do it right.

  3. the big problem not listed here is Issue 2..(that passed). the supposed anti-monopoly bill. It will also not allow any bill to ever declare a tax amount.. Ohio’s crooked politicians will sabotage ANY legalization bill, ” we the people” would ever accept.

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