If you live in Ohio or are paying attention to marijuana-related news, you probably already know that Ohio has been attempting to legalize medical and recreational marijuana use, all in one vote. The state is actually the first in the nation to make such a brazen proposition. However, not everyone agrees with Ohio's idea. In fact, while opposition to the proposed idea came from all parts of the state, it was particularly strong in suburban areas.
70% of suburbanites just outside of Columbus and Toledo voted no on the issue. And, likewise, in suburban communities around Dayton, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, 60% voted against it. While all kinds of people were against the idea of legalized medical and recreational marijuana, most of the opposers tended to be from higher-class, higher-education areas. The largest "no" vote was in Putnam County, which voted 80% against the proposal. An election statistics expert theorized that many of these people were probably concerned about marijuana acting as a gateway drug if it were legalized.
And, while there are undoubtedly some people who would love for marijuana use to be legalized across the state, the legalization idea did not pass in a single one of Ohio's counties. The vote was close in Jefferson County, though, with 43% saying yes to the proposal. It seems that the people of Ohio- at least the majority of them- are saying no to making marijuana "A-Okay."
The widely rejected proposal, however, isn't just about legalization of marijuana. It also aimed to establish 10 growing sites and hand the profits gained over to investors. It looks like, at least for now, this idea won't be successful, though there are a few hopefuls who still think it could stand a chance.
Regardless of how the people of Ohio feel, though, it's pretty obvious that marijuana use is becoming more acceptable among much of the American public. To date, many states have chosen to legalize marijuana, decriminalize it, or at least make it legal for medical purposes. But, it appears that Ohio does not want to be one of those states anytime soon, at least not if the people of the state have anything to say about it!
And, if you're curious about states that have legalized marijuana usage, these include Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon. California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Vermont have all decriminalized the drug, and Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. have all legalized medical marijuana usage to some degree. With so many states jumping on the marijuana bandwagon in one way or another, many theorize that it's only a matter of time before Ohio and all the other states in the nation accept marijuana usage, whether the people want that to happen or not.