Ohio Issue 3 explainer

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Issue 3 ballot says it "grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes."

The proposed amendment would let adults 21 and older to buy one ounce of marijuana for medicinal or recreational use. It would also allow a person with a license to grow, use and share up to eight ounces of homegrown marijuana, plus four flowering plants.

It creates a network of 10 authorized growing facilities and establishes a regulatory scheme. The 10 farms will then sell marijuana to more than 1,100 retail outlets, nonprofit medical dispensaries, and manufacturers. The measure charges a regulatory commission with overseeing these businesses.

The 10 predetermined farms are in Butler, Clermont, Franklin, Hamilton, Licking, Lorain, Lucas, Delaware, Stark and Summit counties.

They cannot be within 1,000 feet of a house of worship, public library, school, day care or public playground. Ohioans won't be able to use pot in public spaces.

Issue 3 would create a "marijuana incubator in Cuyahoga County to promote growth and development of the marijuana industry."

The measure would make Ohio the fifth state to allow weed for recreational use.

According to the amendment, the facilities, owned by investors would manufacture all pot sold in Ohio retail stores.

Opponents call that a monopoly and put a competing measure on the ballot. Issue 2 would make initiatives that create constitutional monopolies illegal.

One ResponsibleOhio ad claims the retail locations alone could provide several billion in revenue by the year 2020, create thousands of jobs and pump much-needed tax dollars into local communities.

Investor Bill Foster said he was initially against the idea. After a trip to Colorado, Foster said he saw firsthand how the drug could help those with debilitating medical conditions.

"It would be a lie if I didn't say there were financial rewards and incentives in mind for me as well," he said. "This is not my main motivator for getting in."

If you want marijuana to pass in Ohio, vote no on Issue 2 and yes on Issue 3. If you want marijuana to remain illegal in Ohio, vote yes on Issue 2 and no on Issue 3.

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