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Just Days Before Election Day, Polls Are Very Close For Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative


ohio signIt’s only 9 days until the 2015 election in Ohio. Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Ohio, in a form that has not been seen before in marijuana politics. Parts of ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana initiative have created a lot of outcry from voters and specifically reformers. From what I have seen on social media and blogs, there is more support for the initiative than ever before. That’s certainly not to say that the initiative isn’t without it’s opposition from within the marijuana community, because there absolutely is. But it seems to be less prevalent than before, with many nationally known reformers expressing that they would ultimately vote for the initiative.

But that growing level of support seems to not have translated to voters in Ohio. Two polls were recently released which found the initiative to be in a deadlock, with the difference between yes and no falling well within the margin of error. One of those polls was conducted by the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics University of Akron. The poll found out the following:

• Overall, pluralities of registered voters are supportive of Issue 2 (monopoly), 40 to 28 percent with 32 percent undecided.

• Overall, registered voters are evenly divided on Issue 3 (marijuana), 46 to 46 percent with 8 percent undecided.

• Nearly two-fifths of registered voters see Issue 3 (marijuana) as the most important measure on the 2015 ballot, followed by one-third who see local tax levies as the most important.

• Registered voters report receiving more positive information about Issue 3 (marijuana) than for Issue 1 (redistricting) or Issue 2 (monopoly).

Another poll released this week by Bowling Green State University found similar results. Per NBC:

The poll, conducted Friday and Saturday, surveyed more than 800 likely Ohio voters. It showed 44 percent supporting Issue Three and 43 percent opposing it. Thirteen percent are undecided. Since the margin of error is plus or minus three and a half percent, it’s a dead heat.

Another poll found solid support for Issue 3 less than a couple of weeks ago. I think that one thing is for sure, which is basically always the case with marijuana initiatives – it’s going to come down to turnout. The more people that turnout, the better the likelihood that the initiative will pass. With that being said, the same would likely be true for Issue 2, which would potentially nullify some of the provisions of the marijuana legalization initiative. All eyes will be on Ohio leading up to the November 3rd vote.


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  1. Agreed!
    How slick for a last minute second measure to confuse the hell out of people.
    Conservatives. They’re all alike.

  2. They are saying on Ohio local news that a yes vote on 2 AND 3 would keep prohibition in place. Voters are totally confused.

    Also, what if each measure got less than 50% but totaled, say, 58%?

    Why put two measures on the same ballot if not to try to defeat it by confusing people or splitting the majority into two minorities???

  3. if you count the support for 3 from people that written posts here regardless of where they are fron support is still close to 75 percent. similar results are obtained even on web site that write bias anti issue 3 articles. the worst number are obtained when it is required to use facebbook to log in. that is because of an age bias. facebook is communication for old folks and even then issue 3 prevails.

  4. ld rather purchase cannabis fron legal, tax paying law abidding establishments than buying weed from illegal nontax paying criminal organizations. black market weed profits are used 100 percent for supporting criminal empires.

  5. Why? What’s your reason. Honestly it is hard for people to get a job over smallest pot crimes. But alcohol is way worse. If anything that should be illegal. Tell me what actually does more harm? I’m honestly interested in your responds I don’t smoke but I feel it is better.

  6. Think about it honestly alcohol is way worse. Weed became illegal because it was an easier way for paper and other products it was all about the money. Think about the proabition kinda similar to what it is now.

  7. I have seen numerous adds on all the channels in Youngstown, the odd thing is I have only seen a couple of adds against #3

  8. Well I hope all the dead heads get out and vote because half the ones I know don’t even work,they play video games all day,talking bout how they been looking for work,I believe in medical marijuana but this issue is not just medical…..

  9. This race isn’t unlike Oregon. There was a splinter group who wanted it at the grocery store like lettuce and just would not accept that Federal won’t allow that. They almost blew it for the whole state. Remember the young lady who was adamant about her entitlement to drive while medicated? She would not accept that Federal law wouldn’t allow such a provision because she wanted it and was sure it was legal somewhere else. Oregon has a modern voting system though. Ohio? I think they are still scratching paper ballots. Those things can get lost. Chads can hang. They need a 3% cheat margin same as Florida.

  10. colorado grower on

    By voting yes to #2 you will prevent a small number of growers from controlling the market price quality and variety of
    plants available. This will hurt medical marijuana varieties available and provide for a small number of growers to control the supply . Why would you want a few to control the free market system.

  11. I’m in Cincinnati, and I see the television advertisements constantly; they run at least twice during Jeopardy, for example. They also run during the local news.
    But I don’t have cable or satellite, just over-the-air HDTV, so maybe that’s the difference, though I would guess that the ads during Jeopardy are no different on cable than they are on broadcast.
    Can anyone clarify that?

  12. watch the poison spread by Cincinnati.com, Cleveland.xom, usatoday, theblade.com. the news is always bias. GO VOTE YES 3, no on two. TURN OUT IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT!

  13. Michael Miller on

    Living in Ohio, I asked one lady, while in the waiting room at the cancer clinic, if she was going to vote for issue 3. She said no because “the people on the street are going to sell it and they aren’t gonna let me have it anyways”. I have no idea what she meant, and my name was called so I couldn’t continue the conversation. I just wish more voters were more informed about this issue. I try to do what I can do, but I know it won’t be enough. I am not optimistic.

  14. Yes on 3 that is the best way to go out for you Right now we are going on to be free no longer wish to from the policeman? You have that right to to be able to do what you want to do it when you have any further information about this is the best time to get the chance to talk about it and notify the Ohio state!

  15. “John Berlng” you act like a spoiled brat little girl. Get off this blog and go to tweens R us or something. Every word you write is a waste of space, no matter how small, just a waste………..

  16. Read the Shafer blue ribbon report commissioned by Nixon March 1972 then buried by Nixon because it came back unable to find any major negatives of cannabis. Prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco.
    Far more dangerous and abused than all other drugs combined.
    VOTE NO ON 2

  17. Um who you calling stupid ? All I was saying is I hope legalization passes in ohio. I don’t live there .

  18. All you doing on here is calling people gays , fags, or crack smokers, I think you should come out of the closet there is nothing wrong with being homsexual

  19. How could somemwthing so healthing and natural be illegal but somthing so destructive like alcohol still be here.

  20. Yes 3 no 2 not a monolopy stop lying where else where it come from an get started hello?? Obviously a blessing dont say no

  21. saynotohypocrisy on

    The name JohnBerling is familiar but I didn’t actually connect it with you, JohnB,
    maybe it’s the same person who trolled JonTomas the other day “calling himself “JONTOMAS’.They just hurt their cause with childish crap like this.

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