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Voters reject proposal to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio

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CNN projects Ohio voters will say “no” to legalizing recreational marijuana, turning down a statewide initiative that would have allowed growing marijuana at a limited number of places for sale in the state.

 Issue 3 would have effectively given a few businessmen a monopoly on cultivating the drug, which would have been sold at a limited number of places for sale in the state.

Nick Lachey, the onetime lead singer of 98 Degrees, and other investors are behind ResponsibleOhio, the group that was pushing an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the Buckeye State.

“The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders,” said one of those advocacy groups, The National Cannabis Industry Association. “This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana.”

The amendment would have permitted anyone 21 and older to hold up to an ounce of pot for personal use. With a $50 license, they could have housed eight ounces of harvested pot and four plants.

Also on the pot front, Colorado voters are deciding what they want to do with the millions in revenue raised from its sale — return the funds to taxpayers or use it to pay for school construction and other things.

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