Ohio Supreme Court Orders State To Re-write Marijuana Ballot Issue

Sep 16, 2015

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled portions of the ballot wording describing a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state is misleading and has ordered a state board to rewrite it.   

Supporters of the measure, known as Issue 3, had challenged the phrasing that was set to appear before voters in the November 3 election as inaccurate and deliberately misleading. Attorneys for Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted had argued the nearly 500-word ballot language was fair.   In its decision, the court orders the Ohio Ballot Board to reconvene and replace sections about where retail stores can open, the amount of marijuana the initiative allows and the mechanism for adding growing facilities.   The court upheld the phrasing of the ballot issue's title.   The proposed constitutional amendment will still appear on ballots.