COLUMBUS, Ohio — They’ll be back.
The creators of Ohio’s failed marijuana legalization issue said Tuesday night they heard the voters and will put a revised plan on the ballot next year.
“We’re going to make sure we provide that legal marijuana for Ohio and that we do so starting tomorrow,” Ian James, executive director pro-Issue 3 group ResponsibleOhio, said. “This does not end. People are counting on us and we cannot let them down.”
Issue 3 trailed by a margin of 65 to 35 percent for most of Tuesday night in unofficial results from the Ohio secretary of state. Meanwhile,Issue 2, which would make it more difficult for citizen initiatives to write monopolies and other economic benefits into the state constitution, appeared likely to pass with 52 percent of the vote.
If ResponsibleOhio returns with a similar set-up, it’s likely the Ballot Board would rule the issue in violation of the anti-monopoly provision. If so, ResponsibleOhio would have to convince voters to say “yes” twice — first on a question to approve the monopoly and then on the actual proposed amendment. [Read more at Cleveland.com]