Ohio Votes Down Marijuana Legalization: Why & what it means for Illinois

Nov 4, 2015

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On Tuesday, voters in Ohio considered whether to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use. It would have created a new provision in the state's constitution that allowed only ten farms to grow the plant legally. That plan had its critics, and the measure failed. Many experts have their eye on Ohio - as it serves as an example of Midwestern residents trying to take on the legalization issue that has swept Colorado and the West Coast.

 

We spoke with a policy analyst from the National Conference of State Legislatures, Karmen Hanson, about it - and what it could mean for states like Illinois:

We also took a more local look at the issue. Dan Linn, executive director of the Illinois Chapter of NORML and a political consultant with Midwest Cannabis Consulting, discusses the failed ballot initiative in Ohio and the role the cannabis industry might play in advocating for legalization in Illinois. He spoke with our Jamey Dunn.

Here are some articles about the issue: