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Weekly CannaBit for the week of Nov. 10, 2015: New Frontier analyzes the wide gulf between pre-election marijuana legalization support in Ohio and the election outcome.
The recent failure of Issue 3 to legalize marijuana in Ohio may say as much about state politics and corporate greed as it does about the progress of cannabis legalization across the country.
Issue 3 is dead. Election officials called it early Tuesday night, declaring that ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative had failed to garner the majority support necessary to become law.
Cincinnati native Nick Lachey has been a musician as part of boy band 98 Degrees, the star of multiple reality shows, a restaurateur, a TV host, and probably some other stuff—and if the citizens of Ohio pass a proposed marijuana legalization bill on Nov. 3, 2015, he’ll be able to add marijuana kingpin to his resume.
Earlier this month, the Ohio Ballot Board released ballot language for the proposed marijuana measure, Issue 3, but the group pushing the initiative, ResponsibleOhio, was quick to denounce the ballot language as false and misleading, leading the group to file a lawsuit.
On June 30, 2015, the pro marijuana legalization group ResponsibleOhio upped the ante in a looming state constitutional showdown in Ohio come November. The group submitted 695,273 signatures to the secretary of state.
On June 24, 2015 the Ohio House of Representatives voted 81-12 to approve a bill aimed at thwarting a constitutional ballot initiative backed by the group ResponsibleOhio.
In Ohio, a handful of marijuana legalization groups are scrambling to get their competing voter initiatives on the ballot for 2016. ResponsibleOhio is the most notable of these groups and has drawn heavy criticism from both sides of the debate.
Political consultant Ian James gathered enough signatures for his name to appear on Ohio’s November ballot for a state initiative to legalize marijuana. A lawyer helped him draft the constitutional amendment, which states only 10 growers would be allowed to supply Ohio’s cannabis market on 10 specific land parcels.