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Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Initiative Winning In Ohio


Yesterday I wrote an article about Ohio’s marijuana legalization initiative, and how voters will be deciding on the issue three weeks from yesterday. The article resulted in some interesting e-mails, as Ohio articles seem to do these days. I always take the e-mails in stride. They seem to be split about 50/50, with half of the people calling for my head because I support the initiative, and the other half also calling for my head because I don’t support the initiative. Very rarely do I get an e-mail where the sender is calm and respectfully disagrees with whatever they think my stance is on the issue, but when I do, I definitely cherish it!

There hasn’t been a lot of polling done to gauge voter’s moods on the marijuana legalization initiative (Issue 3), or for Issue 2, which would put a huge monkey wrench into the equation. Issue 2 would at the most nullify Issue 3 if both pass, or at the least lead to legal challenges that could result in some provisions of the legalization initiative being nullified. A poll was released yesterday, which found the following results, per WKYC:

ohio marijuana legalization poll


ohio marijuana legalization poll


ohio marijuana legalization poll


Less than a week a go a Quinnipiac University poll found that 53% of Ohioans supported marijuana legalization. A poll in April found that 52% supported marijuana legalization. As far as I know this poll that was released late yesterday is the first one that specifically asks about the Issue 3 version of legalization. The fact that it returned an even higher percentage of support than the more generic Quinnipiac poll should be encouraging to ResponsibleOhio.

Marijuana polls tend to be skewed a bit in favor of the ‘no’ side, because some people don’t want to publicly express support for legalization due to a fear of shaming, but plan on actually voting for legalization when it gets to Election Day. So the true level of support could be potentially even higher for Issue 3. Of course, the same poll showed Issue 2 winning as well, albeit by a couple of percentage points lower. Assuming both pass, there will be a very long legal battle that will no doubt follow, and will likely have to be decided by Ohio’s Supreme Court.


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  1. darthhillbilly on

    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”-Upton Sinclair. There is too much money involved in prohibition for it to ever be popular with police, The Prison Industry(yes I said industry…we have made it profitable to jail human beings), Big Pharma (we all know that there is more money in treating your problem with a drug that causes another issue that they just so happen to already have a “remedy” for, than you growing a minimally invasive plant that helps more issues than it causes), or any group that accepts money from any lobby that even remotely touches on marijuana. If issue 3 fails the next shot Ohio will have is when Federal Prohibition is repealed. FEEL THE BERN! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4cb720ab457f03dc3f6c7dd699b6fd46b718c65c0ed8785c97e95ff528638657.jpg

  2. saynotohypocrisy on

    How can any serious person read that JAMA analysis and still be against medicinal marijuana? They’re throwing away lives like water.They just don’t care..

  3. As I have said before, despite the homegrow registration and the production oligopoly created the bill seems pretty solid, which is more than we can still say of Washington’s law.
    Is it a perfect law? By no means, but it is better than the status quo of prohibition. I know there are those who say that Ohioans need to wait for an Issue down the road that creates a healthier environment for competition, and I would agree that needs to happen, but waiting just seems like tempting fate.
    Now, I am an Oregonian and I will not have to live under these ridiculous restrictions, but all the same the rest of law is reasonable and there is still plenty of room for retail sales competition to bring down the costs and up the ante in terms of quality.
    At the end of the day, if I was living in Ohio I would be voting for Issue 3 and maybe even Issue 2 [once I have read it and know that it would not impact Issue 3 from being implemented and specifically would not hinder, or remove, home grows]. Seize the day Ohioans! You too can become a part of recent history and continue the trend of legalization!

  4. saynotohypocrisy on

    Good reason for your mom to vote for it (and for anyone who wants to strengthen Ohio’s economy).

  5. There is no legitimate excuse for members of the cannabis community to oppose ResponsibleOhio Issue 3.
    The fuss over the issue of “monopoly” is absurd.
    Mono is one (1).
    The RO plan calls for 10 commercial grow sites that compete with each other and the 10 do not share ownership.
    So, it’s not a monopoly.
    Then there is the matter that the “rich” behind RO will get “richer”. This concern is on par with a brat who grabs his toys, stomps out of the sandbox and goes home.
    The rich behind RO ponied up the tens of millions of dollars that is essential to a successful ballot initiative process (note that the best the underfunded attempts could do is a mere 1/3 of signatures required, when, as RO discovered, enormous numbers beyond the minimum are required because of unqualified signatures) and that they want and expect a return on their investment is…um…normal.
    How many grow operations will be financed by the poor?
    Issue 3 consigns cannabis prohibition in Ohio to the trash can.
    This means those black market dealers will find operational risk greatly reduced since the aroma and possession of cannabis is no longer probable cause. So, if you hate RO continue to purchase underground, since all cannabis legal states so far continue to have a black market, Ohio likely will not be an exception.
    Or, again, if you hate RO, grow 4 big females and supply yourself and friends with free weed at RO’s expense.
    If you hate RO the best way to get back at them is to vote YES on Issue 3 and NO on Issue 2, then bypass their operations by purchasing via the black market, and/or growing your own supply…

  6. Thanks for adding that.
    I asked the question yesterday on Cleveland.com; just how many folks in Mississippi, or West Virginia, or even Indiana, would give anything to have the opportunity so many in Ohio are saying isn’t good enough?
    We have been spoiled by decriminalization, and many don’t recognize just how good an opportunity this is.

  7. “To go from the prospect of a Medical and Adult use plan with home grow, to end up with nothing would just be heart breaking.”

    I thought that warranted repeating.

  8. The trouble is that the three branches of government, rather than performing checks and balances upon each other, they combine, collude and compliment each other.
    It would seem proper that courts would strike down a legislative attempt to restrict the citizen ballot initiative process, just as it would seem proper for courts to uphold the Fourth Amendment, however, as we have seen the right to not be unlawfully searched and seized has all but been totally abrogated by…the sniff of a dogs nose as ruled by these capricious courts.
    I am going to check for a provision in the Ohio Constitution that grants power to the legislature to alter this means of self-home rule.
    This poll shows support for passing both #2 & #3 and that speaks volumes about the mindset and capability of critical thinking in the electorate.
    Replacing voting with a coin toss or the like may produce better results.

  9. I am in Wilmington, Ohio, where the fuss of the moment is the heroin “epidemic”.

    Here is what I posted to the forum of the local newspaper:

    Actually, there is an easy way to achieve 25% reduction in heroin overdose mortality.

    JAMA published a research study that conducted a time-series analysis of medical
    cannabis laws and state-level death certificate data in the United States from
    1999 to 2010 — a period during which 13 states instituted laws allowing for
    cannabis therapy.

    Researchers reported, “States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8% lower mean annual
    opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis
    laws.” Specifically, overdose deaths from opioids decreased by an average of 20
    percent one year after the law’s implementation, 25 percent by two years, and
    up to 33 percent by years five and six.

    They concluded, “In an analysis of death certificate data from 1999 to 2010, we
    found that states with medical cannabis laws had lower mean opioid analgesic
    overdose mortality rates compared with states without such laws. This finding
    persisted when excluding intentional overdose deaths (ie, suicide), suggesting
    that medical cannabis laws are associated with lower opioid analgesic overdose
    mortality among individuals using opioid analgesics for medical indications.
    Similarly, the association between medical cannabis laws and lower opioid
    analgesic overdose mortality rates persisted when including all deaths related
    to heroin, even if no opioid analgesic was present, indicating that lower rates
    of opioid analgesic overdose mortality were not offset by higher rates of
    heroin overdose mortality. Although the exact mechanism is unclear, our results
    suggest a link between medical cannabis laws and lower opioid analgesic
    overdose mortality.”
    link to JAMA (Journal of the America Medical Assoc.)


    Though the researchers are not sure of the *why* of this reduction in needless tragic deaths, there is no doubt that to continue with marijuana/marihuana/cannabis
    prohibition means having significantly higher death rates.

    And this is just one of many therapeutic uses of medicinal cannabis. Ohioans must now suffer or leave the state if they choose medicinal cannabis. That is harmful to people.

    Ohio has a chance November 3 with Issue 3 to end cannabis prohibition and the many harms associated with this monumental failure of policy.

    This could-and should-have been dealt with by the Ohio legislature, but all they could muster is Issue 2, a disappointing effort to stifle citizen reform of
    government. That the legislature would attempt to place restrictions on the people’s right to alter and reform government is itself proof that government is overreaching and tending towards tyranny. Interestingly, these same Ohio legislators couldn’t be bothered by Ohio casino “monopoly ownership” ballet initiatives, nor are they at odds with “monopoly ownership” of private-for-profit prisons in Ohio.

    Like it or not, marijuana is here, its been here, it will be here.

    The root of the marijuana problem is the criminalization of a behavior that is a private choice of a means to medicate and/or relax by individuals, not unlike one’s
    personal choice (called Liberty, in America) of herbal tea remedies or a glass of wine or brew after a hard days work…(as for the wine and beer-remember that previous failed effort at alcohol prohibition? What insanity [repeats of actions expecting different results] that alcohol prohibition was recognized for the failure it was and ended in only 13 years while we approach 100 years of failed cannabis prohibition.)

    Every year, we can continue to watch hundreds of millions of dollars go to the violent Mexican drug cartels with the current black market, or create a legal market
    that is taxed (with tax proceeds going directly to local and county governments) and regulated in order to keep cannabis away from those that are underage.

    Spending 120 million dollars each year to attempt to enforce clearly unenforceable cannabis prohibition combined with foregoing hundreds of millions in tax revenue for our underfunded local and county governments is a stale and unproductive policy.

    Vote NO on Issue 2 in order to preserve our right to reform and alter government.

    Vote YES on Issue 3 in order to end the failed policy of cannabis prohibition.

  10. Yes on Issue 3 for sure. There is nothing to lose by voting Yes on 3. That plan can and will change and adapt faster than any other plan can realistically make the ballot. Issue 2 is a power grab by the Legislature. I would vote No on 2 above all else. It’s hard enough to get a petition to ballot. Ask any of the Reform groups in Ohio just how hard that is. Issue 2 makes the Citizen’s Initiative even harder. It’s a clever ploy by lawmakers. The reality is that it cost several million dollars to get on the ballot. Issue 2 takes away “monopolies” which is code for the millions of dollars needed to gather petitions, have them certified, and to get your message across, when the government that you are supposed to own is spending your tax money to fight this. Lawmakers are against Reform. They don’t like the citizens getting uppity, so they drafted this anti-monopoly hoax to destroy the Citizen’s Initiative to amend the constitution. Aside from voting, this is your only voice in this Oligarchy of a country we live in. Only 28 states even have the right of citizen’s initiative. Vote yes on 3 to stop the prohibition by creating a “monopoly”. So what? Stand up to the Big Government that is against marijuana reform. As long as Issue 2 from the legislature is defeated you can still raise funding that is required to alter the RO plan.

    If Issue 2 passes, things are going to get very complicated for Ohio even having Medical Marijuana. To go from the prospect of a Medical and Adult use plan with home grow, to end up with nothing would just be heart breaking. With the initiative process blocked it could set Ohio back 20 years in the Reform of marijuana laws.

  11. 25 mins away in Indiana family 60 mins away will visit mom more. Ohio will get all my revenue for my families daily consumer needs.Will not spend another dime in backwards Indiana.

  12. Yes yes yes on issue 3
    No no no on issue 2
    We have a chance now we may not get another one for years Jon Husted could careless about a monopoly that’s all he had to try to sway the voters with.

  13. the GOP are saying that their issue 2 would take effect immediately and issue 3 would take effect 30 days later so issue 2 would take precedence. do not trust the crooked politicians we have in Ohio.. they do not care about you, unless your bribing them for corporate tax breaks.

  14. Issue two would outlaw any legalization bill on the books now, (stating a tax amount) and if you do not have a tax amount, the politicians would make it so high, the bill would be useless. Issue 2 also forms a 3 man board that will have full veto power on ANY ballot initiative. please wake up Ohio. there are thousands of Ohio citizens Suffering and even Dying because this cure is illegal. Do not let Mustard Gas, (Chemo) to win over a much better cure.

  15. Hello Id just like to add my two cents here. Please post about The Ohio Consitution Article 2 section 1B and that would clear up any misunderstanding that will happen if they both Pass.

  16. I wouldn’t bother to drive a full day just to get high. But is is good to read that progress is being made.
    Good point all the same. :-)

  17. saynotohypocrisy on

    It really would push the national debate forward if Ohio legalizes this year. It might even help Hillary ‘evolve’, and Bernie too.

  18. darthhillbilly on

    Legalization in Ohio would easily put over half the country within a day’s drive of legal marijuana/medicine. It will be hard for the government to ignore the issue if anyone who wants some good legal weed can just weekend in Ohio…I think it may soon get interesting. FEEL THE BERN!

  19. The Kent State poll may be the first non-commercial one to ask specifically about issue 3, but WCPO in Cincinnati has run several informal polls after articles concerning issue 3, and all of them have found majority support specifically for issue 3.
    The most recent one, about a month ago, and before the recent news that not only will the ten properties be available to other growers, but that some already are, asked readers specifically whether they would vote “Yes to issue 3” or “No to legalization in general” or “yes to legalization in general, but no to issue 3.”

    65% of the 700 or so respondents said “Yes to issue 3.”

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