Breaking News

Ohio Not Ready for Medical or Recreational Marijuana
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)


Summary: An initiative put to the voters to legalize marijuana use was flawed so much that supporters of legalized marijuana were still unwilling to vote yes.

Voters in Ohio rejected a measure to legalized recreational and medical use of marijuana by nearly 2 to 1. Experts warn that the rejection does not reflect the attitude of Ohioans and more on the proposal to legalize marijuana.


Issue 3 would have given adults 21 and older the ability to purchase, use and grow specific amounts of marijuana with a regulatory and taxation guideline to manage the legalization. The proposal also included a stipulation for “exclusive rights” to commercial marijuana growth, cultivation, and extraction for 10 predetermined parcels of land.

The owners of the 10 parcels of land, known as ResponsibleOhio, were the main funders and proponents of the measure. They spent over $12 million for ads and $25 million for the total campaign. As Case Western University School of Law professor Jonathan Adler explained, the issue voters had was that “Issue 3 would create a marijuana ‘monopoly’ consisting of 10 producers who would have their exclusive rights to engage in the commercial production of marijuana enshrined in the state constitution. The campaign in support of Issue 3 – so-called Responsible Ohio – is predictably supported by those who would hold these exclusive rights. This is crony capitalism at its worst.”

The New York Times reports that the campaign was designed this way by Ian James, a political consultant. James went out and found 10 investors to give $2 million each to pay for the campaign. In exchange for this investment, they would receive exclusive rights to grow marijuana.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Polls show that Ohioans support the legalization of marijuana, but not in such a way that it is a profitable business for only a select few.




Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Estate Planning Attorney with 6+ years of experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking an experienced estate planning attorney with 6+ years of experience. C...

Apply Now

Litigation Attorney with 2-6 years of experience


Portland office is seeking a litigation attorney with 2-6 years of experience.

Apply Now

Employment Attorney with 10-20 years of experience


Ontario company is seeking a senior labor counsel with 10-20 years of experience. Candidate must hav...

Apply Now

Patent Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of computer science experience


Chicago office of our client seeks patent litigation attorney with 3-5 years of experience. The cand...

Apply Now



USA-CA-San Francisco

As an in-house legal counsel at Wix’s legal department, you will play a significant role in de...

Apply now


USA-MO-Kansas City

Successful, expanding KC personal injury law firm seeks an attorney with 5+ years personal injury li...

Apply now



CRIMINAL LAW ATTORNEY - Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler, LLC, an established AV rat...

Apply now



FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY - Houlon, Berman, Finci, Levenstein & Sandler, LLC, an established AV rated...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top