This article originally appeared on Common Dreams.
Ohio on Tuesday voted down a contentious marijuana legalization bill that would have allowed medical and recreational use of pot but also granted exclusive production rights to a small network of 10 growing facilities.
Opponents of Issue 3, which included some legalization advocates, warned that it would help create a “marijuana monopoly” for the wealthy investors who owned the would-be production sites and were bankrolling the measure.
“The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders,” National Cannabis Industry Association executive director Aaron Smith said on Tuesday after the vote. “This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana.… Read the rest