The Oberlin Review

Students Have Right to Vote in Oberlin Elections

John Petersen, Contributing Writer

November 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

“Think One Person Can Change The World? So Do We.” This is one of the most successful promotional campaigns Oberlin College has ever run, because the desire to bring about positive change by engaging with the world around us resonates so strongly in our campus community. Students at Oberlin today are part of a proud history of civic engagement. Campus issues, local community issues — not to mention regional, national, and global issues — are among the ways that Oberlin students have made and continue to make a difference. Exercising your right — and I would say responsibility — to vote this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7, is one of the most direct ways students can enact positive change. For those of you who are r...

Marijuana Legislation Must Account for Racial Injustice

Editorial Board

November 6, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With an almost two-to-one ratio vote on Issue 3, Ohio did not legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday. By a much smaller margin, Issue 2 passed. The state-sponsored Issue 2 was a direct response to ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization proposal, which would have created an oligopoly of 25 total investors in 10 proposed growing plots, concentrating the revenue from legalization in their already-wealthy hands. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University showed a 53 percent approval rate for recreational marijuana and a 90 percent approval rate for medicinal marijuana. Yet Issue 3 may not have passed because many voters were concerned that Black and other minority communities affected most by the drug war and criminalization...

Ballot Initiatives Clash as Marijuana Legalization Faces Issue 2 Hurdle

Ballot Initiatives Clash as Marijuana Legalization Faces Issue 2 Hurdle

October 30, 2015

A ballot initiative that virtually bans monopolies could potentially neutralize Issue 3, the marijuana legalization initiative, if both amendments are approved on Election Day this Tuesday. Many argue that Issue 3 creates a monopoly on the marijuana industry because it demands that 10 facilities have exclusive rights to commercial production of cannabis and excludes smaller growers from the market. Issue 2 calls for the ballot board to review whether the initiative constitutes a monopoly, oligopo...

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