Ohio voters Tuesday strongly rejected legalizing marijuana today, despite a $25 million campaign by proponents.
The issue to legalize pot for recreational and medical use is going down 65 percent to 35 percent, losing in all 88 counties with about 72 percent of the of the statewide vote counted,
“At a time when too many families are being torn apart by drug abuse, Ohioans said no to easy access to drugs and instead chose a path that helps strengthen our families and communities,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a statement. He and the other four statewide, non-judicial officeholders opposed legalization.
Curt Steiner, campaign director for Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, said, “Issue 3 was nothing more and nothing less than a business plan to seize control of the recreational marijuana market in Ohio … Never underestimate the wisdom of Ohio voters. They saw through the smokescreen of slick ads, fancy but deceptive mailings, phony claims about tax revenues and, of course, Buddie the marijuana mascot.” [Read more at The Columbus Dispatch]