Although the official general election ballot occurs on November 3rd, early voting has been underway for quite some time. A new Akron Buckeye Poll shows Issue 3 in a dead heat, with 46% of Ohio voters in support of the measure, and 46% against, with the remaining 8% undecided. A poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University found a similar percentage of opposition – 44% – though that poll found 53% to be in support.
If passed into law, Issue 3 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, or up to eight ounces for those who receive a $50 license from the Ohio Marijuana Control Commission. Those who do receive a license would also be able to cultivate up to four mature cannabis plants (there’s no limit on sprouting plants).
Cannabis retail outlets – to be supplied by cultivation centers – would also be authorized and allowed to distribute cannabis to anyone 21 and older.
If voters approve Issue 3, Ohio will become the fifth state to legalize recreational cannabis in a three year period.