Ohio rejects legalization of marijuana for medical, recreational use

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Nov. 3, 2015) — Ohio voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use in the state.

Failure of the proposed constitutional amendment follows an expensive campaign, a legal fight over its ballot wording and an investigation into the proposal’s petition signatures.

The measure known as Issue 3 on Tuesday’s ballot would have allowed adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow certain amounts of marijuana. The constitutional amendment would have established a regulatory and taxation scheme while creating a network of 10 growing facilities.

Those growing sites also were targeted in a separate ballot question aimed at preventing monopolies from being inserted into Ohio’s constitution for the economic benefits of a few.