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Ballot Board Changes Language For Marijuana Legalization Issue

Sep 18, 2015

Working under a tight deadline, the Ohio Ballot Board on Friday approved new language for a marijuana legalization amendment that will appear on ballots as Issue 3.

Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

A couple of days ago, Ohio’s Supreme Court told the Ballot Board it needed to clean up some of the wording for the legalized pot issue voters would see this fall. A former Republican justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Andy Douglas, says the court is right in making this unusual call for the language to be corrected.

“This was so obvious and it was the only reason I got involved in the case. It was pretty clear what they had done, in my judgment, was intentional.  It could not have been inadvertent or by mistake, given what they had submitted, place side by side, you couldn’t arrive there inadvertently,” Douglas said.

But Secretary of State Jon Husted, who has spoken out against issue 3, contends the language is fair and always was. He says he’s glad the court allowed him to keep the word, monopoly, in the title of the summary language.

“It is a monopoly. It needed to be described as such so that the voters have a clear understanding of the choice that is before them. That was the more important issue to me because there was an effort to try to conceal that fact from the voters and I wanted to enlighten it, to try to shine a light on the fact that it is, indeed, a monopoly,” Husted says.

Military voters throughout the world can start voting tomorrow. Husted says about 240 ballots will be made available to those voters.