Ohio Voters Support and Oppose MJ Legalizing 
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Ohio Voters Support and Oppose MJ Legalizing 
Posted by CN Staff on October 16, 2015 at 14:56:57 PT
By Ryan Claassen
Source: Washington Post
Ohio -- On Nov. 3, 2015, voters in Ohio will vote on two different ballot initiatives related to the legalization of marijuana. One initiative, Issue 3, was placed on the ballot by citizens and would legalize marijuana for both medical and personal use in Ohio.The second initiative, Issue 2, was placed on the ballot by the legislature and would essentially negate Issue 3. Issue 2 would prohibit using the Ohio constitution to grant a monopoly, something the marijuana initiative does by naming only 10 sites for commercial cultivation of marijuana. (Fun fact: one parcel is partly owned by Nick Lachet of 98 Degrees and Jessica Simpson fame.) Issue 2 also contains a provision that would specifically prohibit Issue 3 from taking effect.
So clearly Ohio voters confront a confusing choice. New polling data suggests many are still figuring it out. Somehow, a majority of registered voters supports the legalization initaitive, and a majority supports the initiative that would prohibit legalization from taking effect.The poll was conducted by me and two other professors from Kent State University, Greg Gibson and Anthony Vander Horst, teaming with the Cleveland NBC affiliate, WKYC. The poll sampled 515 registered voters in Ohio and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.Consistent with previous polling, our poll found that a majority of Ohioans (84 percent) support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. A smaller majority (58 percent) supports legalizing it for personal use.The poll also presented voters with summaries of the ballot issues using the language that will appear on their actual ballots and then asked explicitly how they would vote on each initiative.The ballot wording frames the initiatives around the issue of monopoly. However, this appeared not to affect support for legalization: the percent supporting legalization via Issue 3 (55 percent) is very close to the percent that support legalizing marijuana for recreational use.However, attempts to frame legalization around the use of marijuana for medical purposes also seem to have failed. Support for the initiative is lower than support for medical marijuana in the abstract.Now we get to the puzzling part: a majority also supports Issue 2. And even more puzzling: votersí preferences on each initiative really arenít that strongly related, even though one initiative explicitly nullifies the other. About 56 percent of voters that plan to vote yes on Issue 2 also plan to vote yes for Issue 3.So what is likely to happen on Election Day? Turnout in recent off-year elections has varied from 31 percent in 2007 to 45 percent in 2009 to 47 percent in 2011. Off-year electorates are, unsurprisingly, older and more Republican than the entire eligible electorate.Our poll finds that these voters are less likely to support legalization via Issue 3, but not necessarily more likely to support Issue 2. In short, it is probably too close to call whether voters will legalize marijuana on Nov. 3.If both initiatives do pass, the only certainty is litigation. The Ohio Constitution states that when conflicting initiatives pass, the one with the most votes prevails. However, the Constitution also enacts legislature-sponsored amendments differently than citizen-sponsored amendments. The latter become law immediately, whereas the former are not law until 30 days have passed.Stay tuned.Ryan Claassen is a professor of political science at Kent State University. For the full report, question wording, toplines, and additional information about the survey, check out Washington Post (DC) Author:  Ryan ClaassenPublished: October 16, 2015Copyright: 2015 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 21, 2015 at 05:25:46 PT
Paint with light
Thank you for sharing that with us. 
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Comment #9 posted by Paint with light on October 21, 2015 at 02:21:25 PT
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I read the posts here for a couple of years before I joined in with my comments.Robin's passing was one of the events that spurred me to a more active role.I was left with feelings of sadness when we lost Robin, but also with feelings of hope that in time we could change things so that in the future there could be a different outcome for someone else.......and we have.The total number of free citizens is still small but it is going to increase at an amazing rate.Legal like it should be.
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on October 20, 2015 at 16:55:25 PT
Thanks, Mahakal.
Me and my assumptions and conclusion jumping. I had no idea it was a real place.Are you still in California? I hope the place is treating you well.
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Comment #7 posted by Mahakal on October 20, 2015 at 15:01:47 PT
It seems to be an actual place:
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on October 20, 2015 at 07:15:17 PT
Mai Bong City
I'd forgotten that, Mahakal. Mai Bong City was a very mysterious, unusual handle.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 18, 2015 at 17:18:15 PT
Thank you! 8 years! RIP Robin!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on October 18, 2015 at 16:44:37 PT
Eight freaking years...
Since that dreadful event. One of those awful things that happened, beyond the awful news we dealt with on a daily basis, I mentioned a few days ago on another thread.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on October 18, 2015 at 16:38:22 PT
I've been thinking about you, Mahakal. Wishing you checked in with us more often. How are you? Salute to Robin. I wish she would have stayed and seen these good changes.
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Comment #2 posted by Mahakal on October 18, 2015 at 13:34:47 PT
For Mai Bong City
Puff Puff Pass in memory of Robin Prosser, who left us 8 years ago.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on October 17, 2015 at 09:46:20 PT
looks like a mess - the state gov. is obviously hostile to legalization.  Still, it would be good progress if these referendums pass. It will show that the public votes for legalization. The govt. will probably find a way to shut down the law or tie it up in the courts, but the message will be sent. Legalization will be back on the ballot within a year or two if these initiatives pass. It will be obvious that a well-written, non-monopoly referendum will pass.I think 2016 will be a rude wake-up call to Prohibitionists. Legalization is going to pass in several states by wider margins that past votes. The 60% barrier will be broken. The Rubicon will be crossed! Not only good for ganja but will also expose the utter moral bankruptcy of the war on drugs.Consider the silly battles that are still being fought over medical MJ.  The upcoming legalization votes will simply destroy opponents of medical MJ. Good luck opposing medical access and harassing patients and doctors when legal cannabis comes steamrolling into town! 
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