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Defeat of Marijuana Legalization in Ohio Says A Lot About the Kind of Economy People Are Sick and Tired Of


Defeat of Marijuana Legalization in Ohio Says A Lot About the Kind of Economy People Are Sick and Tired Of

Jason Jaffery

Ohio’s marijuana legalization effort suffered a crushing defeat on November 3rd. In the aftermath, there is much conversation about why Ohioans opposed the measure so strongly. Some have pointed to the bad timing of an off-year election, others to lingering puritanical opposition to drug use. But the strongest and most consistent message is the strong populist resistance to legally establishing a business structure that leaves out every day people.


So whynhell did the people who did want pot but did not want absentee elite monopoly not put a better proposal on the ballot?


That is one damn good question- As I told A vehement commenter on AlterNet, "Ohio seems to have more problems that this bill not passing"- What A stupid way of going about things-
I doubt this would have happened in Wisconsin......


Why not plant pot anywhere and everywhere, like Johnny Marijuanaseeds? If everyone did it, how could conservatives control it?


Maybe because the people don't have the organization and money corporations have.


Better proposals WERE on the Ballot, but they were REJECTED by the crooked GOP Secretary of State, Jon Husted, in favor of this toxic piece of crony crap written by ResponsibleOhio - a front group for out of state special interests, including boytoy Nick Lachey.


one can almost tell by the names of organizations (e.g., "responsibleohio") they have no intention of being responsible! What a sham(e)! Hopw Ohioans will try again...


Beyond the recreational and/or health benefits of medical marijuana, what REALLY would produce jobs and new income would be HEMP farms! There are incredible products that can be made with Hemp, and it could be a far more agriculturally efficient fuel technology than corn-based Ethanol.


How insane the world we live in-its a weed-stop the police state!


I appreciate that the author is a resident of Ohio, but I disagree with the conclusion he makes here. A political awareness of the stupidity of this referendum had a part to play in its defeat, but the majority of votes against imo came from those who just oppose legalization. Ten sites were to be licensed and sanctioned by the state - the monopoly. The square footage figure for each of these ten sites worked out to plots approx. 550 feet square. The total produced from all ten sites together would probably have not been enough to supply even Columbus' demand.

The proposal was worded the way it was because the entire referendum effort was paid for by those who were to be granted the licenses for those ten sites. And of course the signature drive to get the referendum on the ballot was also paid for by those same people. This is not unique to Ohio: these are some of the contours of "politics" today in the USA.


Probably had something to do with the off-year election. Voters tend to be older and more conservative in non-Presidential election years. They saved us from a bad bill. It was still progress just to have the discussion.


Just think of the possibilities if local farmers were also allowed to grow industrial hemp. Legalized hemp farming could cut big time into our reliance on petroleum products, clothing, paper, biofuels and many other applications!