Ohio voters are deciding today whether to pass the state’s controversial ballot measure, Issue 3, that would legalize marijuana and grant a de-facto monopoly on production of the plant to the ballot measure’s wealthy backers. The issue has split the drug reform community, with some national groups offering tepid last-minute endorsements and others steering clear of the issue completely. Polls show similar ambivalence among the public.
Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a reform group that hasn’t endorsed Ohio’s measure, sums up the difficulties in a CNN opinion piece: “Government-approved oligopolies may make sense with respect to public utilities and national security but marijuana? There’s something about a constitutionally mandated oligopoly for an agricultural product that just seems un-American.”
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