The Oberlin Review

Marijuana Legislation Must Account for Racial Injustice

Editorial Board

November 6, 2015

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...

Marijuana Legalization Initiative Will Create Monopoly

Cory Ventresca, College junior

October 9, 2015

To the Editors: Aaron Pressman’s article in the Sept. 25 edition of the Review, “Issue 3 Will Boost Ohio’s Economy,” failed to take full consideration of the ballot initiative’s many negative qualities. While it is true that the drug war has failed, a broken ballot initiative is not the solution. Contrary to what was claimed in the column, Issue 3 is not “a fairly straightforward marijuana legalization measure similar to those of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C.” In those states and the District, the ballot initiatives came from the people through committed non-profits. Ohio’s Issue 3 is coming to the ballot through the work of a Political Action Committee called Responsi...

Issue 3 Will Boost Ohio’s Economy

Aaron Pressman, Columnist

September 25, 2015

Every 37 seconds, someone is arrested for nonviolent possession of marijuana in the U.S. In 2010, the U.S. spent over $3.5 billion on marijuana law enforcement. In 2012, 42.4 percent of FBI drug arrests were for marijuana. The war on drugs has failed, and draconian, racist and expensive marijuana laws must be taken off the books. Come November, Ohio voters will have the ability to vote “Yes” on Issue 3 and legalize both medical and recreational marijuana in the state. Voting in favor of this initiative will save lives, help counteract mass incarceration and boost Ohio’s economy. Issue 3 is a fairly straightforward marijuana legalization measure, similar to those of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washingto...

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