Ohio voters last weighed in on legalizing marijuana in November 2015 when they rejected a constitutional amendment that would have designated 10 investor-owned growing areas. State Issue 3, the ResponsibleOhio plan, was defeated in a stunning landslide 65 percent to 35 percent on Nov. 3, 2015. It was opposed by business, health, civic and political leaders as well as pro-pot advocates.
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Ohio lawmakers crafted a legal medical marijuana law in 2016 and the first dispensaries opened in January 2019.
Three other groups are attempting to collect signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot:
— Secure and Fair Elections is a proposed constitutional amendment to allow same day voter registration and voting, automatic voter registration and 28 days of early voting.
— Raise the Wage Ohio is a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the state minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2025.
— Ohioans for Legislative Term Limits seeks to change the 1992 voter-approved term limits on lawmakers from eight consecutive years in the same chamber to 16 years.