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Ohio Can End Marijuana Prohibition on Election Day

Green T-Shirt with a Message to Legalize Ohio and a Blue Pin with a Yes on Issue 3
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Ohio Can End Marijuana Prohibition on Election Day

Today, voters in Ohio have the opportunity to end cannabis prohibition and legalize adult-use marijuana. A “Yes on 3” vote, NORML Founder Keith Stroup explains in an op-ed directed at supporters in the Buckeye State, “would eliminate more than 12,000 marijuana arrests each year in your state, would establish a legally regulated market where marijuana smokers could obtain their marijuana in a safe and secure environment and would permit adults to cultivate marijuana for personal use.”

Today’s vote is historic in many ways. If voters approve ResponsibleOhio’s Issue 3, it would make Ohio the fifth state in the nation, and first in the conservative Mid-West, to enact adult-use marijuana. In addition, Ohio would be the first state in the country to legalize adult-use and medical marijuana at the same time and, not only that, the first to do so under a privately-owned legalization campaign. If passed, the amendment would allow homegrown cultivation, but would also limit recreational sales to 10 initial cultivation sites, an aspect of the amendment opponents are calling a monopoly.

“I am aware of the opposition of some to this proposal, because it is an investor-driven initiative, and those investors stand to benefit financially if marijuana is legalized in Ohio,” Stroup says. “But I would urge those who smoke marijuana, and those who understand the need to end prohibition, to avoid being distracted by these secondary issues. Some people get rich in all of the legalization states – we call it the ‘green rush’ – and that should not be a surprise. We live in a free enterprise system in which individuals are encouraged to become entrepreneurs, create new jobs, and build successful businesses. And Issue 3 will create more than 1,100 new retail outlets where marijuana will be sold to the public, each one an opportunity for an ambitious individual to establish one of these new businesses, and become part of this exciting new industry.”

A competing measure, Issue 2, is aimed at banning monopolies and would reportedly supersede the legalization campaign. Issue 3 backers are already gearing up for a post-election court battle, according to Cleveland.com.

Do you think Ohio should legalize cannabis? Tell us in the comments.

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2 Comments

  1. Terry Cook

    November 10, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Yes for issue 3 brings so many good things and no bad. I am demanding all voters that are still suffering from being brain washed their whole life by the history books and the controlled media, to please Goggle, “The Scientific And Real Facts About the Cannabinoids in Cannabis.” All animals have a cannabinoid receptor system installed from the beginning of time by nature, God, or both. This web site also explains in a three hour video by this nation’s leading medical researchers the facts stating marijuana is not a drug, but food. When you consume by eating, drinking, or smoking cannabis. That brings 60 cannabiniods into your body to give you the ability to fight off what is trying to kill you. Any substance that alters the body in ways nature didn’t intend, is a drug. White sugar is the gateway of all drugs. More habit forming than cocaine in all it’s forms. Yes, there will be more marijuana dispensaries than McDonalds and liquor stores. That is a good thing. Monsanto McDonalds and Liquor stores are selling a product that serves to kill you. More people know this, that is why they are decreasing. Pot stores are good for everybody except for legal pill people, the Doctors charging you to buy a product that kills an American every 19 seconds, and the prison for profit cronies. Booze is a killer. So thank heavens a person once again, has the freedom and liberty to grow, buy, and use what nature has given us to live long and prosper. Only if we vote YES for issue 3. By legalizing in states has brought out many true facts. Less legal pill over doses by at least 25%. Less over doses period. Tax revenue enabling refund checks to it’s citizens. It has been 4 months since my Cattle Dog has had his last seizure, taking 1 gram a day of CBD Cannabis Oil. 2 oz blue bottle sold at the

    Apple A Day on Blanchard St. Findlay, Ohio. Legal in fifty states, FDA approved for all ages, and it enhances the health of everybody, need not a Doctor visit to tell you it is OK. The ACLU of Ohio has endorsed Issue 3 for many reasons. Hey, we are getting our freedom, liberty, and country back. Ending our longest, most senseless, with the most tyranny over the mind of man, DRUG WAR. 14 million years of imprisonment, 60% for pot only, enough is enough, that’s all folks

  2. The Sinned Angel

    November 3, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    The first shots of the war..
    The same sob that perpetrated this heinous war on Americans began it by killing students in Ohio protesting his reelection..
    ..for them..
    ..TheSinnedAngel..

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