Poll: Majority Of Voters Back Ohio Marijuana Initiative

Fifty-six percent of registered Ohio voters say that they will vote ‘yes’ this November on Issue 3, the Marijuana Legalization Amendment, according to newly released WKYC/Kent State Polling data.

Sixty-seven percent of registered Democrats and 50 percent of Independents told pollsters that they endorse the measure. Sixty-five percent of Republicans oppose it.

Only ten percent of voters remain undecided on the issue. The WKYC/Kent State poll possesses a +/- 4 percent margin of error.

The measure would initially establish 10 state-licensed commercial growing sites and commercially produced cannabis would be sold at over 1,000 proposed retail dispensaries. The measure also permits adults to cultivate personal use quantities of cannabis (up to four plants yielding no more than 8 ounces of usable product at any one time) at home.

State lawmakers opposed to the plan have placed a competing measure, Issue 2, on the November 3 ballot that seeks to prohibit state regulators from permitting the limited production of “any Schedule I controlled substance.” If voters approved both measures, Issue 2 states that the “entire proposed constitutional [marijuana] amendment shall not take effect.” According to the WKYC/Kent State poll, 54 percent of registered voters — including 57 percent of those who say that they also support Issue 3 — say that they intend to vote in favor of Issue 2.

Twenty-six percent of Ohio voters are undecided on the measure.

If both competing measure are passed by voters, it will likely be up to the courts to decide which initiative takes precedence.

32 thoughts

  1. I call bullshit. Where is the proof? I know a large number of marijuana advocates who are voting no and the average numbers approving recreational are only 51-53%

    [Editor’s note: You know what is bullshit? Pretending that your circle of friends is a valid demographic representing the entire state of OH. The citation for the data is found here.]

  2. That’s a good list of the great things Issue 3 will accomplish. – So why does this article not have one word of praise or endorsement for this ringing freedom in Ohio? And why isn’t more in-depth attention being paid to it?

    It’s CLEAR this effort in Ohio is THE marijuana reform battle of 2015.

    Isn’t promoting this kind of freedom NORML’s job?

  3. Why do people keep saying it will leave it up to the courts to decide. We actually have law about competing constitutional amendments. Article 2 section 1b. The one with the more affirmative votes is the new amendment. The one with the least yes votes is just wasted money

  4. I’m all in on Yes on 3 and No on 2
    Hope all the sayers don’t just say but get out to vote on it.
    Getting 3 passed would be a great way to head into 2016 with all the props being talked about
    , this would then be a tsunami for legality.
    So proud to be able to vote on this
    Way To Go OHIO.

  5. 54% of Ohio voters support Issue 3 to legalize cannabis, and 57% of the 54% for Issue 3 will also vote for Issue 2, which will keep cannabis prohibition? It sounds like the prohibitionists are trying to confuse and confound the pro-legalization voters.

    Meanwhile, Pennsylvania is still dicking around with its proposed medical marijuana legislation. House Speaker Reed is all for legalizing and taxing online gaming/betting, you know fantasy football and all that, since the market already exists. Heard him say it on PCN not too long ago. Well, the cannabis market is an established market, too. If Ohio goes adult legal, it’s all the sooner Pennsylvania will, in order to keep the $ in the state. New Jersey will legalize online gambling, got the 3rd Court to pave the way to let them do it.

    The cannabis community needs a big win east of the Mississippi, legalization in a geographically large state.

  6. Issue 2 would derail any future efforts of legalizing marijuana in Ohio.

    What slithery snakes these Ohio lawmakers are.

  7. Yes on 3! And no on 2 especially no on 2 because it can fail future citizens ballot initiatives give it a long hard read

  8. “If conflicting proposed laws or conflicting proposed amendments to the constitution shall be approved at the same election by a majority of the total number of votes cast for and against the same, the one receiving the highest number of affirmative votes shall be the law, or in the case of amendments to the constitution shall be the amendment to the constitution.” -Ohio Constitution, Article II, Section 1b

  9. The government in the state of Ohio has proven time and time again over the past 37 years since our currently outdated decriminalization law took effect here in Ohio, that they are not willing to change, they are not willing to listen to what we have to say about legalizing medical cannabis, and they certainly are not going to stand by and let the voters make a decision on legalizing cannabis

    Issue 2 is a perfect example of the dishonest tactics that the Ohio government is willing to try just to put a stop to the legalization of cannabis in the state of Ohio, issue 2 is not about stopping a so-called monopoly from becoming a part of the Ohio economy, it is actually designed to take away our right as voters to decide what we want to change and in this state

    Let’s set aside the thought of the poorly written ResponsibleOhio amendment known as issue 3 for just a moment, let’s all try to focus entirely on just the past record and the blatantly clear stance of the elected officials that we trusted to do as we have asked them to do for us in the past… looking at the past record over the last 18 years it is clear to see that the Ohio Government has obviously failed to do as we have asked them to do many times over the last few decades… we have clearly asked them for medical marijuana legalization and they have clearly ignored our requests and pleads for compassion on this subject… with this in mind is it really such a stretch of the imagination to actually believe that they would ever stand by silently while we attempt to legalize cannabis in this state especially when they have been so opposed to allowing cannabis to even be used as a legal alternative medicine over the use of prescription drugs?

    I have heard individuals say, “issue 2 won’t affect future cannabis legalization efforts if it passes”… seriously, numerous groups oppose issue 2 because they understand that it has absolutely nothing to do with stopping a monopoly… The Ohio Green Party initially backed issue 2, but recently announced that they are no longer supporting issue 2… so aren’t you just a little curious to know exactly why? Find out by reading the following quote.

    “The Ohio Green Party, upon closer analysis, has withdrawn our support of Issue 2, the Ohio Initiated Monopolies Amendment. We have received input from various attorneys who have read the text of the proposal from a legal standpoint. It is now our opinion the ambiguous wording of the actual proposal raises too many potential problems.

    Issue 2 does much more than simply preventing monopolies from being written into the Ohio Constitution, it actually includes the possibility of 3 appointed officials having the capability to nullify a significant part of our Constitution.”

    OTEP has openly admitted that if issue 2 passes this year, they will need to rewrite their amendment prior to beginning any 2016 legalization efforts… so just why would they need to rewrite their already approved proposed amendment if issue 2 is truly only about stopping a monopoly?

    Maybe it’s because they know full well that their amendment will be disqualified by the passing of issue 2 even if they can manage to gather enough required signatures to actually get their amendment on the ballot!!!

    It’s time to wake up Ohio, our voice has be silenced for far too long… do not give away our only remaining power to change the things we want by allowing issue 2 to actually pass this coming November, stand up for your right to vote and say NO to issue 2… send a clear message to the government of the state of Ohio by saying NO to their efforts to control the citizens of this state!!!

  10. Why would the petroleum, chemical, cotton, and pharmaceutical industries spend millions of dollars lobbying, to keep Hemp OFF the open market?
    Let’s start with the PETROLIOM (crude oil) Industry. Most everything that is made from crude oil can be made from Hemp seed oil. BioDiesel, methanol, plastics, and nutritional food products. These are but a few financial reasons “why” oil companies are still spending millions to keep things just the way they want it, no competition from hemp.
    Most early 20th-century remedies on PHARMACIES shelves contained extracts from Marijuana in them. If marijuana is made illegal, those drugs will need to be replaced by manmade drugs.
    The COTTON textile industry rose in value by the elimination of hemp fibre products. It takes three acres of cotton to equal one acre of hemp. Hemp does this while using “one-half” the amount of water. Cotton requires CHEMICALS in every stage of growth while hemp requires none. Twenty-five percent of all insecticides manufactured is used for the growing of cotton. The chemicals that the plant doesn’t ingest goes into our drinking water. We either wear it or we drink it, it has to go somewhere!
    In 1921, President Warren G Harding appointed Andrew Mellon, (Gulf Oil) Secretary of Treasury. Mellon created the Narcotics Division of the Treasury Department. Mellon then appointed his nephew in law, Harry J. Anslinger, as commissioner. With propaganda support from William Randolph Hearst and financial support from industries like (oil, pharmaceutical, cotton, chemical), Anslinger artificially convinced Congress that marijuana is a dangerous drug and should be controlled. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 went through Congress in just two days. Most of Congress that voted didn’t know that marijuana and hemp came from the same plant family, Cannabis Sativa.
    Billions of dollars have been made by eliminating Industrial Hemp from the open market, simply by making its cousin “Marijuana” a dangerous drug.
    Hemp can be imported into the U.S. but our farmers “CAN NOT” grow it. By taking marijuana off the “schedule one drug list,” it would be a major boost to the “local” agricultural community.
    It’s time for our “PROFESSIONAL POLITITIONS,” to work with “MAIN STREET”, not, “WALL STREET”.
    BE SURE AND REGISTER TO VOTE 2016 BERNIE 2016

  11. So which is it? Ten percent or twenty-six percent undecided? This article lists two contradictory numbers, and really makes me question the overall accuracy of the poll if according to it, 10% are undecided, if in reality 26% are undecided. That means at least some of the data is off by 16%.

    [Paul Armentano responds: Re-read the post. Ten percent of voters are undecided on Issue 3. Twenty-six percent of voters are undecided on Issue 2.]

  12. Issue 2 will not only prevent Marijuana from being legalized this year but also make it much harder for future Marijuana initiatives.

    Its not just a “anti monopoly” bill, it gives more power to the government to allow them to prevent future ballot initiatives which go against their will (legalization).

    Thus the game is on. Vote to legalize and give the monopoly to Responsible Ohio or vote for Issue 2 and both prevent monopolies while at the same time giving the Ohio government more powers (buried in the fine print) which allows them to strike down ballot initiatives which involve federal laws (marijuana).

  13. “Majority Of Voters Back Ohio Marijuana Initiative”

    That’s great! – Now, if we can just get the majority of marijuana reform leadership to do the same, in three weeks, we will have our fifth legal state!

    Please don’t turn your back on thousands of Ohio marijuana consumers! The temporary growing arrangements just don’t matter.

    Please don’t turn your back on thousands of Ohio marijuana consumers! – Winning Ohio will also give us a HUGE boost as we go into the 2016 elections!

    You never know. This could be the pivotal moment that makes the difference between ending the fraudulent federal prohibition or falling back into the war on marijuana consumers.

  14. i hope the numbers are correct any one in ohio who thinks pot should be leagl would be foolish to vote no on issue 3 i am voting yes on 3 and no on2 any legaliztion is better than none

  15. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help voters understand yes on 3 no on 2. Don’t give lawmakers chance to muddle up legalization for more years. In my humble little opinion if Ohio and California dominos fall legalization or at least decriminilization would be impossible to hold off.

  16. For the sake of this state, Pennsylvania, I hope 3 does pass, and 2 does not. Legalization right next to us might get these politicians thinking in Harrisburg thinking. I want to see a State at our borders make out legalizing cannabis, so that PA politicians look at that for reason to legalize.

    It is time for a change, as many who do not smoke, want to. And any who do smoke, are mostly too scared of the law to admit it.
    Time For Change, Nation Wide.

  17. @Dan Fissel While I agree and hope that if issue 3 gets more votes than 2 it will become law by majority however if that does happen then the anti-marijuana people claim that issue 2 becomes law because it goes into effect immediatly while if issue 3 passes it goes into effect 30 days later.

    I believe that is bullshit however if both 2 and 3 pass it will most definitely be brought to the courts to decide. Do you trust the courts?

  18. yes i post all the time! i am from Ohio! i do vote in every election! have been for some time. i’m 62 young! and i do wish to go back to self medicating! please help us pass #3! tiny baby steps in any direction will help the whole country legalize sooner. we are a swing state.

  19. How about one of the many Ohio NORML chapters, or all of them, doing some town meetings of their own. So far in the Toledo area there have been two that I’ve heard of, and both sponsored/initiated/supported by anti-drug coalitions. There’s a concerted effort to “inform” people about marijuana legalization. I’m afraid if they get through to enough people the vote will go totally the wrong way. If this bill fails I think I’m going to move.

  20. well the anti legal groups are starting thier propaganda tactics about the evils of what will happen if marajuana gets legalized the papers around here are trying to influence people to vote no by publishing lies and bullshit i hope it passes

  21. I think the biggest thing to realize is that 2 drugs,(alchol,tobacco)which are completely legal kill more than 200,000+ people annualy. Whilst marijuana has 0 recorded deaths to date. Just goes to show that money controls everything. We really need to educate people on the matter of marijuana prohibition.

  22. it think what alot more people need to realize is that 2 completely legal substances(alcohol,tobacco) kill more than 200,000+ people annualy. Whilst marijuana has 0 recorded deaths to date. Just goes to show that money controls everything. We really need to educate people on the BS reason behind MJ prohibition. Tell as many people as you can to watch “Totally Baked” and watch it yourself if you havent. It debunks the governments reasoning for keeping Marijuana illegal. I personally cant stand how they have to lie and decieve to do what they want. THis is a democracy sol et the people get what they obviously want, to smoke without being thrown in jail. I mean, come on how much sense can it make for keeping a plant illegal.

  23. yeah, I can see how these companies want to make money on things that hemp can produce more effectively. But, why the war on marijuana, i guess it makes it easier for them to get rich while not caring who gets stepped on. I mean, fine keep pot illegal if it fills your deep pockets. Just decriminilisze it so we dont get in trouble for enjoying ourselves

  24. Thurgood Jenkins says:
    October 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm
    “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help voters understand
    yes on 3
    no on 2.
    Don’t give lawmakers chance to muddle up legalization for more years. In my humble little opinion if Ohio and California dominos fall legalization or at least decriminilization would be impossible to hold off.”
    – –

    Thurgood Jenkins,
    Your message is IMPERATIVE to be REPEATED loudly!!!
    – –
    YES on Issue 3:
    Makes cannabis LEGAL for Ohioans!!!

    NO on Issue 2:
    It ONLY HINDERS any future Ohio voters initiatives!!!

    [especially that POISON PILL clause FORBIDDING
    legalization of a “federally Schedule 1 substance”].

  25. I believe Issue 3 will pass. There are enough people who want legal cannabis in Ohio that they will go out and vote specifically for Issue 3, myself included. However, I also believe Issue 2 will also pass. It seems not enough people realize that Issue 2 will kill the legalization regardless if Issue 3 passes or not. Furthermore, all the anti-legalization organizations are not campaigning “No on 3”, but rather “Yes on 2”.

    I work at a public meeting space and one of the meetings soon taking place is entirely about “Yes on 2” specifically to stop cannabis legalization. That is the most despicable thing I’ve ever heard of, but they also are doing the typical lies and bullshit agenda of how harmful cannabis is and how it will destroy the world.

    That is why I believe this legalization initiative will not pass. While Issue 3 has support, issue 2 also has the support. Its just sickening to think some people are so against others being happy that they will do literally anything to stop them. I’m honestly considering moving to a state that already legalized cannabis if/when Ohio’s initiative is killed. Until the federal government makes a stand like the Supreme Court did for gay marriage, the fight for legalization will continue…

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