Buddie, the mascot for the pro-marijuana legalization group ResponsibleOhio, holds a sign at Ohio State University in Columbus on election day.  Image: John Minchillo, Associated Press
Ohio voters soundly rejected a marijuana initiative Tuesday that would have legalized recreational and medicinal use of the drug, and would have limited commercial growing to a small group of investors who drafted and promoted the measure.
The initiative was failing 65% to 35%, with nearly 90% of precincts reporting.
 
“Issue 3 has been soundly defeated!” Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies crowed on Twitter.  “No marijuana monopolies in this state!”
 
Four other states and the District of Columbia have already legalized the recreational sale of marijuana, which is still a federal crime. Ohio would have been the first state in the Midwest to do so.
 
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Matt Pearce ~ Los Angeles Times

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