Nevada’s Question 2 marijuana initiative passed with 54.5 percent of the vote in the 2016 election. The measure went into effect January 1 and legalizes the personal possession of marijuana by adults 21 and older, provides for the creation of over 100 retail outlets, and allows adults to cultivate their own cannabis plants at home, and possess the results of the harvest.
But there’s a catch: you’re not allowed to grow your own cannabis if you live within 25 miles of one of those retail outlets.
Ohio’s Issue 3 marijuana initiative failed with just 36 percent of the vote in the 2015 election. The measure would have legalized the personal possession of marijuana by adults 21 and older, provided for the creation of over 1,000 retail outlets, and allowed adults to cultivate their own cannabis plants at home.
But there was a catch: you were not allowed to grow your own cannabis without a state license.
I was one of the few voices in the marijuana movement who was strongly in favor of passing Ohio’s initiative. I was bombarded on all sides by colleagues, critics, and consumers who told me that Ohio’s measure had to be defeated because it contained a fatal flaw – it reserved ten parcels of land in the state constitution as the only legal grow sites, parcels that were already owned by ten investor groups that had contributed $2 million to the campaign.
It’s oligopoly, they told me. It’s the corporate buy-out of our movement, I was warned. It’s an affront to capitalism, I heard repeatedly. How could we set the precedent