Ohio 2nd ballot issue may derail marijuana

Aims to prevent use the state constitution to sanction monopolies

COLUMBUS —The Ohio House voted 81-12 on Wednesday to put a question before voters that could undercut a marijuana-legalization measure that will appear on the same Nov. 3 ballot.

The lawmakers’ ballot proposal is aimed at derailing the marijuana-legalization proposal, along with other future attempts to use the state constitution to sanction monopolies.

“The people’s constitution should never, ever be a shopping center for market opportunities,” said Rep. Mike Curtin (D., Columbus), one of the resolution’s chief sponsors. “It is no exaggeration to call this a grave threat to our state constitution.”

ResponsibleOhio plans to file petitions on July 1 to put its proposed constitutional amendment to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for medical, recreational, and commercial purposes on the ballot.

If approved by voters, the measure would carve the specific parcel numbers of 10 investor-operated growing facilities...

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