Ohio legislature has limited options for stopping marijuana legalization issues, House speaker ...

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans could face more than one issue on their ballot in November that would legalize marijuana. And while that has stirred some concerns, don't look for the legislature to step in ahead of time to countermand the efforts.

Some lawmakers dislike that the process for amending the Constitution is being used to potentially create what they see as a business monopoly on marijuana. Others dislike legalization at all.

But Statehouse insiders say no serious push is underway to try and enact something quickly ahead of November.

Indeed, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger made it clear this week that he is opposed to any action that could involve legalizing marijuana.

"Clearly, my position on what's going on `with the ballot initiative has been very straightforward, and that is I don't believe in it, and I don't think it's a good thing for the state of Ohio," Rosenberger said.


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