Skip to main content
19117699-mmmain.jpg

Defeat of Marijuana Legalization in Ohio Says A Lot About the Kind of Economy People Are Sick and Tired Of

A community-focused alternative would have fared better at the polls, argues Jason Jaffery, the Democracy Collaborative’s Director of Philathropy. Jaffery commented on the defeat of marijuana legalization legislation in his article for Common Dreams:

Ohio’s marijuana legalization effort suffered a crushing defeat on November 3rd. In the aftermath, there is much conversation about why Ohioans opposed the measure so strongly. Some have pointed to the bad timing of an off-year election, others to lingering puritanical opposition to drug use. But the strongest and most consistent message is the strong populist resistance to legally establishing a business structure that leaves out every day people.

Leaving aside heated rhetoric about the evils of “Big Pot,” the fact is that, had Issue 3 passed, it would have established a system of elite and most likely absentee ownership, as opposed to community-based family businesses. Voters recognized the need for local, broad-based ownership as the foundation of a thriving, resilient economy.

Read full article.

Publication date: 2015-11-03
Parent publication: Common Dreams
Publication URL: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/11/04/defeat-marijuana-legalization-ohio-says-lot-about-kind-economy-people-are-sick-and?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

More related work

March 19, 2020
Default Image

Protect the vulnerable, advance the democratic economy: Our statement on the COVID-19 crisis

We are in a period of breakdown, in which all that is wrong with the current system is now being laid bare. Rather than rebuild what we now clearly see should never have been, we must lead the construction out of this crisis of something new.

read more
March 18, 2020
Default Image

HAN Public Comments on Fair Housing Act Proposed Changes

The Healthcare Anchor Network submitted public comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), expressing our opposition to HUD’s proposed changes to the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

read more
March 17, 2020
An array of prescription medications on shelves

Online press briefing: Vaccines—The COVID-19 Case for Public Pharmaceutical Research and Development

Leading experts believe that it is the government’s responsibility to ensure widespread access to safe and effective vaccines that are developed with taxpayer money. In this virtual press briefing, hear why the U.S. government should develop and manufacture vaccines and other essential medicines so that we get the medicines we need, when we need them and at prices we can afford.

read more