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Marijuana Policy Project’s Statement Regarding The Outcome Of The Ohio Marijuana Initiative

marijuana policy project mpp nascar adBelow is a press release that I received from the Marijuana Policy Project. They reference five states that will likely be voting on marijuana legalization in 2016. I would add Michigan to their list. Below is their statement on the results from Ohio:

The defeat of a marijuana-related ballot initiative in Ohio on Tuesday will have no bearing on the outcomes of several marijuana-related initiatives expected to appear on state ballots next year, according to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). At the time of this release, Issue 3 was trailing 35-65 with 43% of precincts reporting and The Columbus Dispatch had called the election.

A proposal to make marijuana legal for adults and regulate it like alcohol has already qualified for the November 2016 ballot in Nevada, and similar measures are expected to qualify for the ballots in Arizona, California, Maine, and Massachusetts. The measures do not include the widely unpopular “monopoly” language included in the 2015 Ohio initiative that limited the commercial cultivation of marijuana to only 10 predetermined producers. The 2016 initiatives are also expected to benefit significantly from heightened voter turnout during a presidential election.

MPP is supporting several of the 2016 initiative efforts. It neither supported nor opposed the Ohio initiative this year.

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“It’s pretty obvious that the outcome in Ohio does not reflect where the nation stands or the direction in which it is heading when it comes to marijuana policy. It only reflects where Ohio voters stand on a specific and rather unique proposal in an off-year election. It will not have any bearing on the outcomes of the initiatives that we expect to appear on other states’ ballots in 2016.

“When voters in Nevada or Massachusetts get to the ballot box one year from now, they are not going to be thinking about what happened in Ohio a year earlier. They are going to be thinking about the problems marijuana prohibition has caused their states for so many years and the benefits of replacing it with a more sensible system. These initiatives will also benefit from heightened voter turnout during a presidential election year. The more voters that turn out, the more support we tend to see for marijuana policy reform.

“Polls show a strong and growing majority of Americans think marijuana should be legal for adults. There is a lot of momentum building behind the movement to end marijuana prohibition heading into 2016. Election Day was relatively uneventful this year, but next year it will be truly historic.”

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

  • Tax and regulate requires enforcers.

    No more taxed or regulated than tomatoes.

    • moldy

      Maybe somewhere in between right now but regulate like tomatoes by 2020, after all it’s been the devil’s weed now for almost a hundred years. You can’t expect rational change as fast as you describe but I do agree in theory.

      • First you expound on the correct theory. Then when there is enough support implement.

  • yep

    They defeated themselves! Cannabis users will not vote for monopoly crap like this, these guys work for the big companies NOT for the people in need. Next to fail is Missouri and everybody else that has a similar bill. People are not stupid

  • Sean

    Legalization will move on without Ohio. One monkey won’t stop the show.

  • hempforfood.org

    This article states: “The (2016) measures do not include the widely unpopular “monopoly” language included in the 2015 Ohio initiative that limited the commercial cultivation of marijuana to only 10 predetermined producers.” Then, right after this… “MPP is supporting several of the 2016 initiative efforts. It neither supported nor opposed the Ohio initiative this year.” Question for MPP: I there a good reason The Marijuana Policy Project didn’t speak out about the widely unpopular “monopoly”?

  • jasen joseph Hylbert

    I agree that the big groups such as LEAP, MPP, and DPA are not really in this to work towards an endpoint of actual freedom and appropriate allocation of tax resources. I have a feeling that those groups are just in it to sell herb at price gouging rates themselves, just with less fear of punishment. If the president makes executive orders to strip hunters of their rights, one could assume that if he cared about freedom he could make an executive order to completely abolish the prohibition/ regulation of cannabis. I believe that the lobbying groups like DPA want the process to be very slow so that their jobs as supposed “heroic freedom fighters” are justified and so that they can pit residents of certain states against residents of others. They simply want the monoply themselves, and to replace incarceration of cannabis culture with “treatment” while proceeding to fill the recently vacted jail cells with loyal Americans who they have framed.
    I think that the best strategy at this point is to be firm and assert that herbal cannabis is not the potentially dangerous substance that ethan nadelman claims it to be. While ignoring the effects of morning regiments of coffee and doughnuts, nadelman cautions against “wake and bake” and says that a downside of cannabis prohibition is that it makes cannabis more available to teens than alcoholic drinks. Nadelman is the prime example of the low level english speaking skills of the high profile individuals who claim to be civil rights activists but are in fact schills who have infiltrated the movement and are attempting to pervert and corrupt it from the inside. They are basically spying on those of us who care, and likely reporting what theu have gathered back to their cheney/ kennedy slavemasters.
    The majority is capable of making this happen without these special interest groups. All we need to do is let our representatives know that the pot dealers’ welfare program is an inefficiency. A lot of politicians want to do what the masses want them to do, and to be remembered fondly. This all could happen today. The Colorado cartels may tell you that Tennessee and Wisconsin are not ready for a repeal of prohibition, but that is just because they want to sell to Tenessee and Wisconsin to the great joy of those selling transportation fuel. United we stand and divided we fall – the Cheney family may want to destroy and take over the United States just to install some soviet style shitstorm, but I believe that they have no idea what they are getting themselves into. Justice has a way of finding those responsible for rigging markets and wasting the earth and humanity. It may take a few generations to play out, but I am optimistic that the visages of the Cheney and Kennedy families will eventually dissappear just like the visages of the Hearsts did. They would be best served by stopping their intense levels of corruption right now and working to mend the damages they have done to all of us. Nadelman will be remembered as the Schill that he was. A literal use of the English language would be a good idea for all of those schills at this point.

  • OddlyEven

    Will it come back to the Ohio ballot? If so…when?

  • Nathaniel

    I wonder how much this puts a damper on the movement in other states? I cannot say one way or another that this defeat was a good one, but time will tell whether or not this was the right call for Ohioans.
    If there is another issue brought to the table soon this will not have been such a huge blow, if not this will be an interesting tale in the evolving saga that is cannabis legalization.

  • Jerry Cook

    Issue 3 was defeated. Issue 2 was said to be narrowly winning. What happened to Issue 2..will it make it legal without the big money monopoly? Did it pass? Why is nothing now said about Issue 2?

  • dtmacb

    You have the monopoly language written into the initiatives in both AZ and Nevada, It is just hidden better. Arizonan’s should support azfmr.com NOT the mpp initiative. azfmr.com for the people by the people.