Ohio To Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

Today, voters in Ohio will decide whether or not the state will become the first Midwestern state to legalize recreational cannabis. The Issue 3 ballot resulted after 300,000 valid voter signatures from around the state advocated for legalizing cannabis.  If passed, an amendment will be added to the state constitution, legalizing both medical and recreational use for those over 21 years old.

Ohio has the potential to become the largest, state to legalize recreational use. After Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon, as well as the District of Columbia, Ohio will be the fifth state to legalize personal use. 

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Issue 3 will give exclusive rights for commercial marijuana growth and distribution to 10 facilities around the state. Critics of the measure feel as if this policy will create a monopoly. Maurice Thompson, executive director of 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a conservative legal rights organization, said, "We support marijuana legalization, but we cannot support Issue 3."

Recent state polls show that the support for medical cannabis is greater than recreational.