Campaign To Legalize Marijuana Use In Ohio Quietly Underway And Borrows Page From Casino Campaign

OHIO:  A campaign to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana in Ohio is quietly taking shape and includes plans to place an amendment to the Ohio Constitution before voters in November 2015, the Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.

The campaign plans to push an amendment, that if approved by voters, would guarantee a ten or so property owners the right to grow marijuana, according to sources who spoke on the condition they not be named.

By embedding in the constitution where marijuana can be produced – and essentially who can profit from its production – organizers are using an approach similar to the one gambling interests used in their 2009 successful campaign to  allow casino-style gaming. That amendment, known on the ballot as Issue 3, limited gaming to just four locations in Ohio.

The campaign to legalize marijuana has commitments from select property owners to provide the millions of dollars that will be needed to pass such a amendment, according to sources who are familiar with the plan.


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