The cluster**** of marijuana legalization initiatives in California just became a moot point. Internet billionaire Sean Parker has officially brought forth his group’s cannabis legalization measure and submitted language to get it on the ballot; if the language is approved, the mighty task of signature gathering can begin.
Tuesday night voters in Ohio will decide on recreational and medical marijuana legalization in their state. They will decide on Issue 3 and Issue 2 and there are several outcomes possible when all the votes have been counted:
*If both Issues fail: there is no marijuana legalization, but the way will be open for more ballot initiatives in the future.
Recreational cannabis sales are currently underway in Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, but rules have been drawn up that will govern a permanent recreational industry in the future.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently approved preliminary rules for the industry when it gets up and running next year to the tune of some 70+ pages worth.
In marijuana law reform’s short history, there has never been a ballot measure more contentious than Issue 3 in Ohio. Battles ensue over social media daily, angry blog posts are written, Facebook profile pictures proclaim how many people plan to vote and how they plan to vote. Anyone who supports Issue 3 is accused of being a paid shill of ResponsibleOhio, as if an imperfect legalization measure could only be supported by those paid to do so. As I’ve said before, I thought we all got into this to legalize cannabis; maybe some have other motives as well.