CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ohio residents are voting on a ballot initiative that could influence the future of the legal marijuana industry.
Issue 3 on the state's ballot would legalize weed for both recreational and medicinal users. Ex-boy band star Nick Lachey, NBA legend Oscar Robertson, and former pro football player Frostee Rucker are among the wealthy investors who stand to profit if passed. Together, they have reportedly spent $25 million pushing for the ballot initiative.EndFragment
Issue 2, also known as the anti-monopoly amendment, was added by state lawmakers concerned that the amendment would gr ant a monopoly to marijuana grow facilities.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State website, a "Yes" vote on Issue 2 will prohibit special interest groups from amending the constitution to create monopolies, oligopolies or cartels.
Supporters of legalizing marijuana say they're voting against the issue because they don't support legalizing it this way with only 10 companies being designated growing facilities.
Turnout is expected to be low but poll workers in Broadview Heights say the turnout so far, has been bigger than anticipated.
At Hayes Elementary School in Cleveland, turnout has been strong. However, election workers expected lunchtime to bring even more voters but that wasn't the case.
Voters in Akron will not only decide whether to allow the Akron Zoo to have a liquor license to serve wine and spirits at after-hours events but the city will choose its first mayor in decades. Former Mayor Don Plusquellic resigned from the position May 31. Elected in 1987, Plusquellic was the longest-serving mayor of Akron. He stepped down last month citing an ongoing dispute with Akron Beacon Journal newspaper.
Election sites opened their doors at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Polls remain open until 7:30 p.m.