News Guide: Key elements of ballot question to legalize pot

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohioans will decide on Nov. 3 whether to legalize marijuana for medical reasons and recreational use.

Issue 3 has the potential to shift Ohio from entirely outlawing pot to allowing it for all uses.

The proposed constitutional amendment would allow adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow marijuana. It lays out a regulatory and taxation scheme for cannabis and creates a network of 10 authorized growing facilities.

Supporters say legalization would get rid of failed marijuana laws that have contributed to incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders and allow doctors and caregivers to provide pot to sick patients.

Opponents argue the plan lets a small group of investors create a marijuana monopoly. They also cite workplace safety concerns and potential access by children to pot-infused products.

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