Is This The Real Reason Ohio Didn’t Legalize Marijuana?
Mason Tvert of The Marijuana Policy Project says the recent failure of the Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative was because those who created the initiative were attempting to monopolize the industry by allowing only 10 businesses to grow marijuana for the entire state.
We all saw what happened yesterday in Ohio, an overwhelming defeat for legalizing Cannabis. Is the takeaway here that the Midwest isn’t ready for legalizing this yet? Or is it just the kind of squirrely way the thing made its way onto the ballot? – Oh I don’t think that the outcome in Ohio really indicates anything with regard to the states opinion on making marijuana legal. What it really indicates is that voters are not interested in proposals that seek to create monopolies of small numbers of marijuana
growers that get to control all the marijuana in the state, and that’s what was being done in Ohio. So you know there were actual poles that found that majorities supported, in Ohio, majority of Ohio voters supported making marijuana legal but far less than the majority supported this initiative because they didn’t like the fact that it only allowed 10 businesses to grow all the marijuana. And yeah that too in off year election when voter turn out is very low and much older more conservative
and it’s really not surprising but I don’t think it’s something that has any bearing on other initiatives or any other states around the country.