Legalizing marijuana is the hot issue on the November ballot.
It will take the defeat of Issue 2 and the passage of Issue 3 to legalize the public use and acquisition of weed in Ohio. If Issue 2 fails and Issue 3 passes, marijuana will be legalized for both medical and personal use.
It is a hot topic.
State Rep. Nan Baker, (R-19), gave an overview of the issues in a presentation at The Normandy Apartments last Friday evening as part of Normandy University, an ongoing educational series offered by the senior living community.
“Most of us (in the Ohio House) don’t think it is a good idea,” said Baker of Issue 3. If passed, a small number of suppliers (10) will have exclusive rights to commercial marijuana production. Marijuana stores will be permitted in communities that approve them by precinct. Adults 21 and over will have the right to own and grow four marijuana plants.
Normandy resident Richard Patton voiced his concerns over marijuana legalization.
“They’re saying, ‘Let’s regulate it and we will have it under control. But look at the number of DUI’s that appear in our local Police reports! Alcohol is already regulated and it is not under control!” he said.
Opponents of Issue 3 say it will create a monopoly by granting 10 growing facilities exclusive rights to produce the drug commercially.
Issue 2 was introduced to counter the passage of Issue 3. Issue 2 prohibits any monopoly from being granted constitutional protection. Baker strongly supports Issue 2. “Don’t use our constitution to manipulate the voters,” said Baker.
“Issue 3 will not bring the huge revenue dollars they say will be coming into the state. There is the cost of governing it in terms of law enforcement,” she said.
If you are for legalizing marijuana, vote against Issue 2 and for Issue 3.
If you are against legalizing marijuana, vote for Issue 2 and against Issue 3.
If Issue 2 passes and Issue 3 also passes, Baker said Issue 2 will trump Issue 3. But the scenario will likely put the whole question into the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court.