Issue 3, on the November 3 statewide ballot, seeks to change Ohio’s Constitution to grant a small group of wealthy, self-selected investors a marijuana monopoly. Issue 3 also legalizes recreational use and growth of marijuana by individuals 21 years of age and older, and allows every adult (21 and older) in Ohio to grow, possess, and use marijuana.
- The amendment locks into the Ohio Constitution 10 specified growing sites, the rights to which have already been promised to the small group of self-selected wealthy investors who are supporting and funding the campaign to pass the amendment.
- The amendment permits more than just “joints.” It allows for marijuana-infused products such as marijuana brownies, marijuana cookies, and marijuana candy (lollipops and gummy bears), posing a very attractive threat to young people. Often, these infused products contain extremely high concentrations of THC, the active component in marijuana.
- In addition to allowing for recreational use, Issue 3 will flood Ohio with marijuana. This amendment allows for the creation of 1,159 retail marijuana stores – that’s more locations than Starbucks or McDonald’s, and nearly three times the number of state liquor stores.