COLUMBUS, OH — According to a press release, Jimmy Gould, co-founder of ResponsibleOhio, the group responsible for Ohio’s 2015 failed recreational marijuana measure, plans to back a new legalization effort in 2018.
On Monday Dec. 11, Gould and others plan to propose a “free-market” recreational marijuana initiative for the 2018 ballot.
One of the primary reasons Ohioans voted against the recreational marijuana measure in 2015 was because of the limited commercial cultivation, given to 10 pre-selected sites owned by campaign investors. Despite the campaign investors throwing over $20 million into the pro-legalization campaign, it was defeated by a 64 – 36 percent vote.
Ohioans seem to already have a relaxed attitude towards marijuana, especially given the fact that the state already has medical marijuana as well as decriminalization laws. If the 2018 measure is on the ballot, Ohio could very well become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana.