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Marijuana Reform in Ohio; Despite Support in the State for Reform, Voters Say no to Legal Marijuana

Legalized Marijuana in Ohio:

Although medical marijuana use has been made legal in 23 states and 4 states have also passed legislation that makes recreational marijuana use legal, the state of Ohio was unable to pass similar legislation in its most recent election.  In the most recent Ohio election, the measure was known as Issue 3 and voters took action to determine if residents in Ohio over the age of 21 could have legal access to recreational and medical marijuana.  After the votes were counted, the answer was an emphatic no.

Voters in Ohio Say No to Legalized Marijuana:

Issue 3 would have legalized the medical and recreational use of marijuana in the state of Ohio.  An approval of Issue 3 in Ohio would have allowed up to 10 commercial sites in the state to grow marijuana for commercial use.  It would have allowed marijuana, as well as pot infused edibles and other associated products, to be sold in certain stores.  Those wishing to grow marijuana at home could have done so and would have been permitted to have up to four flowering plants growing inside of their residence at any one given time.

Issue Three Fails in Ohio Due to Certain Fears:

Issue 3 did not pass, and opponents relay that one roadblock was the potential for a monopoly.  Many opponents feared that voting yes for Issue 3 would have laid the groundwork for a monopoly in the business of marijuana sales in the state of Ohio.  Passing Issue 3 would have given power by giving exclusive rights to a select group to commercially grow, cultivate and extract the marijuana product.  It likely would have made a select group of people very, very rich.  The voters did not like the idea of granting this power to owners and investors associated with the 10 parcels of land that would have been granted the right to grow and cultivate marijuana in the state.

Is Marijuana Reform a Dead Issue in Ohio:

Despite the setback for the marijuana reform initiative in Ohio, a recent poll taken by Kent State University found that 58 percent of registered voters would actually support legislation that would allow adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.  Many voters have publicly voiced that they support legal marijuana reform, but could not support the creation of a monopoly.  It appears that Ohio voters may be saying no to a framework for marijuana reform that they perceive as fraudulent, greedy, and improper.  Polls show this to be true and so it appears that marijuana reform in Ohio will continue to receive support.  Voters appear to be looking for a different presentation and foundation on which to begin the reform.


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