Marijuana Ballot Wording to be Decided

The Ohio Ballot Board is slated to decide how ballot issues will be phrased this fall when voters decide the fate of marijuana legalization, redistricting changes and restrictions aimed at keeping monopolies or cartels from being added to the state constitution.

The state board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to approve ballot language and receive explanations and arguments for all three statewide initiatives up for a vote on Nov. 3.

The wording of the proposals on the ballot can be critical to the issue’s chances of success.

One proposal seeks to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use. It would allow adults 21 and over to buy marijuana and would establish a network of 10 authorized growing locations around Ohio.

A separate fall ballot issue takes aim at the growing sites described in the proposed amendment, while another proposal would overhaul how state legislative districts are drawn. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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