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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans in November rejected a well-funded proposal to legalize marijuana, but the issue isn't going away anytime soon. More ballot issues are in the works, state lawmakers have vowed to act on medical marijuana, and activists across the state are working on local ballot measures that would allow people to possess marijuana without penalty.

Marijuana advocates with little funding failed for years to put a marijuana initiative on the ballot.

But in 2015, dozens of deep-pocketed investors banded together under the name ResponsibleOhio to propose Issue 3, which would have legalized recreational and medical marijuana sales and use.

In exchange for contributing $20 million to the campaign, the funders would have owned the only 10 sites where commercial marijuana could be grown.

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Jackie Borchardt ~ Cleveland.com ~

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