Ohio Votes Against Legalizing Marijuana
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Ohio Votes Against Legalizing Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 04, 2015 at 04:58:54 PT
By Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor
Source: Huffington Post
Ohio voted Tuesday against legalizing recreational and medical marijuana via an amendment to the state's constitution, shooting down a proposal to grant a small number of wealthy investors sole permission to operate commercial marijuana farms. "The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders," National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith said in a statement after Tuesday's vote. "This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana. Now the foundation has been laid for a potential 2016 effort that would put forward a more common-sense initiative and have a major impact on the presidential conversation in the process."
The amendment sought to allow licensed individuals to possess, grow, share and cultivate up to eight ounces of marijuana and four marijuana plants in the state. Additionally, the law would have allowed anyone over the age of 21 without a license to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and would have allowed individuals with a physician-certified medical condition to use medical cannabis.The Ohio proposal differed from policies passed in other states, like Colorado and Washington, by creating 10 Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction facilities that would have had exclusive rights to grow plants for commercial use. The designated farms were backed by a number of notable Ohioans, including one-time boy band star Nick Lachey, fashion designer Nanette Lepore and retired NBA player Oscar Robertson.The owners of each MGCE facility bankrolled the legalization effort -- as the Washington Post reported, each MGCE's investors were asked to put up $4 million to help fund ResponsibleOhio, the group backing the Yes on 3 effort.This unusual aspect of the amendment gave legalization advocates pause, as it would have put the state's entire marijuana industry in the hands of a few wealthy individuals. Prominent advocacy groups like the Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project remained neutral on the measure. NORML, however, lent its support to the issue -- with caveats -- acknowledging it would be an opportunity to end marijuana prohibition in the state. "It was, as the saying goes, 'a bitter pill to swallow,' and the board wanted to make it clear we do not consider the Ohio proposal the best model for other states to follow," read the board's endorsement. "There are far better ways to legalize marijuana."ResponsibleOhio, meanwhile, argued that the MGCE structure would help the state regulate the industry. They also made a case for the potential financial windfall associated with legal pot: According to the group's estimates, the marijuana industry could bring in $554 million in tax revenue annually by 2020.“That money could be in the hands of local governments and small businesses instead of drug dealers," spokesperson Lydia Bolander said.Law Enforcement Against Prohibition made a similar case in favor of Issue 3."Legalization will take money away from the cartels, provide funding for public safety and health services, and reduce the violence associated with the illegal drug market," retired Cincinnati Police Captain Howard Rahtz said in a statement for LEAP. "Passage of Issue Three puts us in charge, not the dealers"Issue 3 was accompanied on the ballot by Issue 2, a competing measure that would prohibit creating monopolies or granting special rights via a constitutional amendment, thus blocking the marijuana amendment from going into effect. The measure, pushed by state lawmakers in an attempt to undermine Issue 3, appeared headed for approval when Issue 3's defeat was called.  The legalization measure also faced opposition from groups traditionally opposed to legal weed efforts, such as law enforcement groups, doctors and religious leaders. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), who is running for president, tweeted he was "proud" that the state rejected the measure.Recent polls have indicated that a majority of Ohioans do support the idea of legalization, suggesting Issue 3's "marijuana monopoly" may have turned some voters who support legal weed against the measure. “When it comes to the broader debate about legalizing marijuana, the defeat of Issue 3 won’t be a case of ‘as Ohio goes, so goes the nation.'" Tom Angell, chairman of the Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. "This was about a flawed measure and a campaign that didn't represent what voters want. Tonight’s results -- and the choices that inevitably led up to them-- are especially sad for Ohioans who use marijuana and will continue to be treated like criminals for no good reason. And this is particularly heartbreaking for those who need medical cannabis to treat serious ailments.""I don’t see the defeat of Issue 3 slowing the national momentum for ending marijuana prohibition” said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Voters, including those who would like to see marijuana legally regulated and taxed, were clearly turned off by the oligopoly provision."Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington currently allows the recreational use and sale of marijuana, while 23 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized pot for medical use. (D.C. also allows for the growth and possession, but not sale, of recreational pot.) Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly said the District of Columbia allows marijuana sales.Newshawk: Paint With LightSource: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Mollie Reilly, Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington PostPublished: November 4, 2015Copyright: 2015, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Had Enough on November 08, 2015 at 16:36:08 PT
The GCW...
Thanks for the links...Peace...
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Comment #6 posted by Had Enough on November 08, 2015 at 16:34:18 PT
Election Results...
The more you think about how askew those percentages are...the more you would like for it to be looked into...but...probably will never happen...or it will be a long winded patchwork of paragraphs that sound something like..Blah Blaug...blah blaugh bing...The one in Florida 2014(medical) needed a super majority...60%...57.6% voted in favor...while the governors only received 47.4% (Crist) 48.2% (Scott)...go figure...I'm scratching my head over the Ohio thing...
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 08, 2015 at 15:44:54 PT
More evidence seems to indicate foul play.
New Evidence Emerges of Vote Counting Chicanery in Ohio Pot Ballot InitiativeMore screenshots of Tuesday's vote count indicate massive vote flipping.More evidence is emerging calling into question the officially reported results of Tuesday’s marijuana legalization vote in Ohio,...
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on November 07, 2015 at 16:57:05 PT
I saw that too.
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Comment #3 posted by Had Enough on November 07, 2015 at 15:14:11 PT
Smoke might reveal fire...
I thought that the final tally percentages were odd...
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 06, 2015 at 21:44:39 PT
Was Ohio's Marijuana Vote Stolen? TV Screen Shots Show Massive Number of Votes FlippingThe secretary of state's live returns don't make sense."""Televised screen shots taken Tuesday night of live election returns in Ohio provided by the Secretary of State's office showed hundreds of thousands of votes flipping from the "yes" to "no" column of Issue 3, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana.CONT.
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on November 04, 2015 at 11:56:43 PT
What's round on each end & Hi in the middle? oHIo
The flaw in Issue 3:Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a reform group that hasn't endorsed Ohio's measure, sums up the difficulties in a CNN opinion piece: "Government-approved oligopolies may make sense with respect to public utilities and national security but marijuana? There's something about a constitutionally mandated oligopoly for an agricultural product that just seems un-American."After Ohio’s Vote, These States Will Determine MJ solution, based on Willie Nelson's experience with Farm-Aid:THE SMALL GROWER MODEL
1. Willie’s Reserve, a national holding company, extends its brand to one small company in each state that agrees to abide by a host of standards.
2. These companies will either grow their marijuana themselves or source it from smaller farmers in the state.
3. Because they exist in states that have already legalized marijuana, the Willie’s Reserve brand plans to sell weed starting in January.Willie Nelson Crusade To Stop Big Pot
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