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Politics & Public Policy

Ohio Ballot Beat: Marijuana Legalization Initiative & Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment

Monday, October 5, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"You cannot control that which you don't regulate." – Ian James

Leading up to the November 3, 2015 general election, The City Club of Cleveland will be featuring conversations on Ohio ballot measures.

The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative (known as Issue 3) is on the ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize the medical and personal use of marijuana for people who are 21 years of age or older. It also leads to the establishment of the Ohio Marijuana Control Commission to regulate industrial and homegrown cannabis production, retail sales, and taxation.

The Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment (known as Issue 2) is on the ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment which blocks the addition of monopolies and other special business interests to the state constitution. Lawmakers crafted this amendment in response to the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, which allows for 10 growers-sellers of marijuana in Ohio.

Proponents believe these amendments will provide additional options for individuals with chronic disease, provide money to local communities, and establish a new industry with potential for much economic development. Critics argue the bills would put children at risk and create an oligopoly that is bad for Ohio business.

Join us for a conversation with Ian James, Executive Director of ResponsibleOhio, and William M. Denihan, Chief Executive Officer of The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County and a member of Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies, moderated by WCPN Sound of Ideas host and Plain Dealer columnist Michael K. McIntyre.

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