Ohio Voters Blunt When It Comes To Marijuana Legalization 

Posted On November 04, 2015

By Mike Perleberg


(Cincinnati, Oh.) – Marijuana will remain illegal in Ohio.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected Issue 3 on Tuesday. It was nearly a two-to-one margin against the amendment, 64 to 36 percent.

The proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution would have legalized pot for medical and recreational use for people ages 21 and older. Couched as a monopoly by opponents, Issue 3 would have limited large-scale growing to only a certain group of investors. However, individuals would have been allowed to grow up to four plants in their homes.

“Issue 3 was nothing more and nothing less than a business plan to seize control of the recreational marijuana market in Ohio,” said Curt Steiner, campaign director for Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies.

Steiner said the failed amendment was designed to “garner massive and exclusive profits for self-selected, wealthy investors.”

Legalization was put on the ballot by the group ResponsibleOhio, who outspent opponents of Issue 3 by a 12-to-1 ratio. ResponsibleOhio executive director Ian James issued a statement following the election thanking supporters and vowing to continue the conversation of decriminalizing pot.

“The status quo doesn’t work, it’s unacceptable and we’re not going away. All the things we’ve fought for are true. Ohioans still need treatment and deserve compassionate care. And our state needs the jobs and tax revenue that marijuana legalization will bring,” James said.

A competing ballot issue, Issue 2, passed by a smaller margin, 52 to 48 percent. It puts in place a ban on monopolies being written into the state constitution.

Those interested in the outcomes of Issue 3 and Issue 2 had to wait a little longer than anticipated to learn the election results on Tuesday night. Ohio’s statewide vote totals were delayed until 9:00 p.m. after a Hamilton County judge kept polls open there because of electronic voter book glitches.


The HoundNovember 5th, 2015 at 2:33 am

cut out the monopoly for the fat cats, and try again. this time use a little common sense. those of you with glaucoma and epilepsy, the voters just told you to take a hike.

TheyjustdontlearnNovember 5th, 2015 at 5:54 am

Good! Keep it illegal! With this being said I’m for it being used for medical reasons but as for it being used for as a “high” it and this issue can go away.

apollohollonNovember 14th, 2015 at 4:49 am

The only reason this failed is due to the fact that the law was written by an evil villain twirling his mustache. Full legalization right now! Outlawing a plant is like bombing for peace.