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Ohio Voters Say NO To Marijuana Legalization

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Controversial Issue 3 Defeated In Polls

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[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Two bills were introduced for voter consideration. Issue 3, an initiative put forth by a group of 10 investors under the name Responsible Ohioans, would have legalized marijuana for both medical and personal use. This group includes investors such as Nick Lachey from 98 degrees, Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Frostee Rucker, Dayton pain specialist Suresh Gupta, University of Cincinnati basketball star Oscar Robertson, WEBN radio host Frank Wood, and others. The caveat to this good news is that the only farms allowed to produce marijuana supply for the proposed dispensary set-up would be 10 farms owned by the same authors of Issue 3. In essence, this would create a monopoly for marijuana supply in Ohio that requires a two-vote process to amend Issue 3. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_2″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Issue 2: No To Monopolies

A second measure was drafted by lawmakers in response to Issue 3. This measure, introduced by Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, would invalidate Issue 3, if passed, thus “protecting the legislative process from being used for personal gain.” [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]At the core of this issue is a divide in belief that a small group should benefit, solely, from the production of marijuana. The millennial group, especially, has been vocal against Issue 3 stating that an oligopoly is unnecessary to regulate marijuana. They point to Washington, Oregon, and Colorado as examples where free-market supply models exist and safely operate.

Supporters of Issue 3 claimed that the bill would benefit the state by removing the black market of marijuana, allowing the state to regulate and tax the growth and sale thereof. It would do so by creating a dispensary for every 10,000 residents equaling over 1,100 dispensaries, 22-23 thousand new jobs; millions in taxable revenue and income.
Voters however have voiced their decision and Ohio will look towards next year for legalization of medical marijuana when perhaps seeds may be planted by hands of the many instead of the few. [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]