Ohio Green Party opposes marijuana legalization issue

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Green Party is urging opposition to a marijuana legalization issue on November’s ballot and support for two other statewide issues.

The party says it supports an end to the “drug war” that’s particularly hurt minority communities. But it can’t get behind Issue 3, the legalization proposal, because it retains felony charges for growing, possession or sale of certain amounts of marijuana and creates a monopoly for private vendors at 10 designated growing locations.

The party says it supports banning constitutional monopolies altogether but is endorsing Issue 2 because the measure at least makes it harder for Ohio’s Constitution to be used for private economic benefit.

Greens also favor Issue 1. That measure is seeking to make changes to Ohio’s redistricting system for drawing state legislative districts.

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