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Ohio voters trounced pot legalization in 2015, but the issue isn't done yet
Any future attempt will likely not include a monopoly or "Buddie"
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES
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Plans to legalize marijuana in Ohio went up in smoke in 2015. But as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the failed ballot issue this November is not the end of the story.

 

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The ResponsibleOhio plan would have made Ohio the first to legalize recreational and medical marijuana with one vote. The plan for 10 investor-owned growing sites was rejected by nearly two-thirds of voters. And with more than $20 million spent by supporters, that amounted to about $17 per vote. But ResponsibleOhio's Ian James says the investors want to go back to the ballot.

"They realize it’s not a matter of if marijuana is going to be legalized, it’s a matter of when. They want to be there at the forefront of legalization."

Other groups that support marijuana legalization say they are also interested in putting their own plans on the ballot in 2016.

 
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