The future of marijuana in Ohio is uncertain after the resounding defeat of an effort to legalize cannabis for medical and recreational use in a single vote. Few people, however, believe the fight is over.
The proposal voters rejected Tuesday is expected to be followed next year by a more conventional legalization initiative, one that doesn’t include exclusive growing rights for private investors. That provision was targeted successfully by opponents.
Early talk began Wednesday of legislative action legalizing medical marijuana in some form. The speaker of the Ohio House said options include creating a pilot program to allow certain people to use it.
A representative of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, which opposed Tuesday’s initiative, said “it’s not over and done.”
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