Secretary Husted: Issue 3 Language a Fair & Practical Description of a Lengthy and Complex Proposed Marijuana Amendment
September 11, 2015 - 1:10 PM
COLUMBUS – Ohio
Secretary of State Jon Husted on Tuesday filed a merit brief with the Ohio
Supreme Court in the lawsuit filed by ResponsibleOhio concerning the
ballot title and language for State Issue 3. A copy of the brief filed
with the court is below.
Throughout the filing, Secretary Husted
defends the terms selected by his office and the Ohio Ballot Board to
describe Issue 3.
“The words a voter reads on their ballot
represent the final opportunity for them to understand the decision
before them,” Secretary Husted said. “Being guided solely by the law,
the dictionary and common sense, we determined that State Issue 3 would
permit the use of marijuana in Ohio for recreational and medical
purposes, while granting a monopoly to 10 pre-determined groups for the
production of that marijuana. There is no easier way to explain that
It is also worth noting that six of Ohio’s major daily
newspapers have used the term “monopoly” to describe State Issue 3 27
times in 15 different editorials. They’ve also used the words “cartel”
and “oligopoly” to describe the initiative.
also addressed the challenges the Ohio Ballot Board and his office faced
in crafting the ballot language and title for this lengthy and complex
“We have an obligation to provide a clear and concise
summary of a proposed constitutional amendment that, at 6,600 words, is
so large that it would account for 10 percent of the entire
constitution should the voters approve it,” Secretary Husted added.
“The wording that we used to describe this issue for the voters is
honest, concise and fully meets the requirements set by Ohio’s
constitution and laws.”
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