On Tuesday, November 3rd, the state of Ohio voted on issue #3 to not legalize marijuana mainly because the Ohio people never caught on with the idea and for the concern of corporations taking over the marijuana market.
The question of legalizing marijuana for recreational use over the past couple of years has become more and more relevant to many states across America. Current Ohio Governor and Presidential candidate John Kasich is facing the topic of marijuana in his run for the White House on a daily basis.
Governor Kasich strongly opposes marijuana, and with the libertarian Republicans, he will face a lot of criticism as he has and will continue to over the next couple of weeks.
Many in Ohio believe that if marijuana were to have been legalized, then the businesses would have turned it into a monopoly. Everything would be controlled by the wealthy. Even pro-marijuana activists are concerned that corporations would take over the economy.
The Huffington Post wrote that ResponsibleOhio, a group which is pro-marijuana, argued “the marijuana industry could bring in $554 million in tax revenue annually by 2020.”
The problem for many people in America and Ohio is that there isn’t enough information on marijuana.
The Criminal Defense Lawyer site of Ohio noted the following on marijuana: “It is a crime to knowingly or intentionally possess marijuana in Ohio. Penalties vary according to the amount possessed, with increased fines and jail time for second and subsequent convictions, and for offenses committed within 1,000 feet of a school.”
With the following noted above, many condemn marijuana laws because people think it’s not a serious offense to have small portions of it. For example, many people who have been caught with marijuana are convicted with decent amounts of money and jail time.
Forbes gave the following information regarding how the marijuana “business” would be conducted in Ohio: “Marijuana would be taxed at a flat rate of 15% and retail stores would be taxed with a flat rate of 5%. The tax revenue would be split three ways: 55% to the city, 30% to the county and 15% to the Marijuana Control Commission Fund.”
Many people find these amounts unnecessary, especially since the law is only enforced to individuals who are above 21.
Groups of doctors, religious leaders, and law enforcement groups were also hugely against the legalization. Many communities around these groups looked up to them and were reassured to vote against marijuana.
Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington are all states who let people use marijuana for recreational purposes. Other states such as Maryland, along with 23 others, allow patients to use medical marijuana for special circumstances under a doctor’s guidance.