Following a September 25th debate on legalizing cannabis in Cincinnati, the majority of those who took part in a straw poll voted for legalization but against Issue 3 - a controversial motion that would grant an exclusive license to 10 legal growers in the state.
Afterward, the 124 attendees cast their votes: 86 voted for legalization, but not Issue 3; 36 supported Issue 3, and 2 voted against both. Admittedly, the same size is pretty small - but it's far from certain that Issue 3 will pass November 3rd in the statewide vote, even if the majority of people favour legalization.
Ohioans may be iffy on Issue 3's approach to legalization because it potentially grants backers, which include reality TV and boy-band star Nick Lachey, a monopoly over the cannabis market.
In exchange for contributing millions of dollars to put the question on the ballot, top investors will receive licenses that grant them control over Ohio's cannabis industry unparalleled in other legal states.
Sri Kavuru, president of Ohioans to End Prohibition, likens the monopoly to "auctioning off the Ohio constitution." His group is currently working on a rival ballot question for Ohioans to vote on in 2016.