Ohio Voters Reject Cannabis Legalization Initiative
Although polling heading into the election found majority support for cannabis legalization among Ohio voters, they ultimately decided that Issue 3 isn’t the right approach. Many are blaming the loss on the controversial provision that would have guaranteed the state’s ten licensed cultivation centers to investors of the initiative, a move many – including the state in their official summary of the proposal – call a monopoly.
Although the failure of Issue 3 may be seen as a hiccup for the movement to legalize cannabis nation and worldwide – and many in the media will label it as a defeat for legalization – it’s not a setback. After all, four states and the nation’s capital have legalized cannabis in the past three years, with voters in Nevada (and likely several others including Massachusetts) being given the opportunity next year to do the same.