Issue 3 fails overwhelmingly

Posted on: November 4, 2015 7:00 pm

Ohioans overwhelmingly rejected Issue 3, an attempt to legalize marijuana as "medicine" and for broader use, according to November 3 election results. The proposed amendment to Ohio's Constitution failed 64 percent to 36 percent.

ResponsibleOhio, proponents of Issue 3, applied their significant war chest to a cavalcade of television and print ads that saturated the state in the weeks leading to election day. The campaign was funded by roughly two dozen investors, including retired NBA player Oscar Robertson and former boy-band member Nick Lachey, who most forecasted would have made millions on the monopolization of grow sites and distribution of marijuana products.

The opposition to Issue 3 included No on 3, a broad coalition of organizations, businesses, education, governmental leaders and others. Prevention coalitions throughout Ohio have been educating their communities about risks of marijuana legalization for years, since the initial work of ADAPAO and Drug Free Action Alliance more than a decade ago to provide a framework for addressing advocacy of marijuana as medicine.

Pro-marijuana advocates are expected to lobby for introduction of a marijuana-as-medicine bill in the Ohio Legislature by early 2016. Prevention advocates are working within their local communities and on the state level to educate the general public and legislators that of the prevention position that medications should be determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, not by voters and legislators, to ensure consumer safety and health.