YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The people behind both sides of the movement to legalize marijuana in Ohio are tying State Issues 2 and 3 together.
But what do the competing Constitutional amendments really have to do with one another?
Issue 3 would create the Ohio Marijuana Control Commission to oversee legal growth and sale of marijuana products in Ohio, for medical and recreational use.
Issue 2 would strike down any other amendment, that creates a monopoly, cartel or sets its own tax rate, like Issue 3 does.
But State Senator Joe Schiavoni says Issue 2 isn’t about marijuana reform.
He thinks it could keep future citizens from getting other issues on the ballot through the petition process for the people to decide.
“So what we’re saying with two is, ‘Well, You can still kind of, sort of, do that, but we’re going to put parameters on what kind of constitutional amendments you can put on the ballot, people,'” Schiavoni said. “So it limits that constitutional right.”
Tune in Monday night to the 90-minute 27 First News at 5 as First News This Morning Anchor Dan Martin breaks down more of the numbers surrounding State Issues 2 and 3, including what could happen if both pass.