The ballets have been cast and the results are in. It’s a YES, YES, NO for issues 1, 2, and 3. But what does this mean? Here’s an brief explanation.
-Issue 1 proposes an amendment to the constitution of Ohio. This amendment “creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing legislative districts.” What does that mean? Honestly, I really don’t know exactly. What I do know is that the amendment prevents gerrymandering. Gerrymandering, according to dictionary.com, is “the dividing of state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible.” The result of the election was a YES on issue one, so the amendment was past and now there is no more gerrymandering.
-Issue two is a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution. “This is an anti-monopoly amendment. It protects the initiative process from being used for personal economic benefit.” A real monopoly, not the board game, is when a person or company controls a commodity or service and it’s market. The result of the election was a YES for issue 2, so there can be no more monopolies created in Ohio.
-Issue three is the one you’ve probably heard a lot about. Issue three proposes an amendment to the constitution of Ohio. This amendment would grant “a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes.” In summery, not only does this amendment make marijuana illegal, it also creates a monopoly. So if you are against monopolies but for marijuana, you had a hard choice to make. The result of the election was a NO on issue 3. So marijuana is still illegal in Ohio and a new monopoly was not created.
Written by Madalyn Hardig
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