Ohio’s campaign to legalize medical and recreational marijuana is looking better and better in the polls, however on the same ballot is a law to stop it all. This year Ohio is voting on a constitutional amendment to legalize medical and recreational cannabis called issue 3. In a recent Kent State University survey the polls are looking good, 56% with a 4% margin of error. Of course we can debate how good or bad the laws would be if passed and put in place, but that is a different article, we are focusing on the constitutional battle that is looming in Ohio’s future.
There is also issue 2 on the same ballot, this would prevent oligarchies, monopolies and cartels from being drafted in Ohio’s constitution. This would over rule issue 3 because there would only be 10 growers in Ohio, all investors in ResponsibleOhio, which arguably falls in the monopoly definition. This got 54% of the vote, meaning this constitutional amendment would also pass.
In the study done by Kent State, both constitutional amendments would pass if the election was held today. This being an odd election year, it is going to be interesting, because the youth and democrats tend to sit out on odd elections. These voters are more likely to vote for issue 3, and issue 2 is not necessarily championed on either political side. This means we could really see both Amendments passing, likely taking this fight to the courts.
This looks bad doesn’t it?
You would like to think, ‘maybe issue 3 will bring out more young voters,’ however it looks like 57% would vote for both if the election was today. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot Ohio.