On ballot, Ohio grapples with specter of marijuana monopoly

One of the nation’s oddest legalization campaigns
The New York Times (US)
Sunday, November 1, 2015

no-on-3Ohio lawyer Don Wirtshafter has fought for decades to make marijuana legal, calling it “my life’s work.” But when Ohio voters go to the polls to consider a constitutional amendment to allow marijuana for both medical and personal use, he will vote against it. Issue 3, as the proposed amendment is known, is bankrolled by wealthy investors spending nearly $25 million to put it on the ballot and sell it to voters. If it passes, they will have exclusive rights to growing commercial marijuana in Ohio. (Ohio's marijuana legalization ballot measure, explained | ResponsibleOhio’s MJ legalization ballot initiative ‘a bad deal’)