Ohio Voters Reject Marijuana Legalization

Bob Doyle
Co-Chair Colorado SAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
November 3, 2015
Voters decide against legalizing marijuana in key 2016 swing state;
opponents win despite being outspent by more than 15:1

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio voters have rejected the legalization of marijuana in their 
state, sending a strong message from a key swing state to 2016 Presidential candidates
and to the rest of the country that legalization is neither inevitable nor desirable.

"Issue 3 would have made a handful of rich celebrities and businesspeople even richer.
Even worse, it would have put young people at risk, and Ohioans saw right through
the smoke and mirrors," said Kevin Sabet, President of SAM. "Tonight we've proven
that legalization, even by popular initiative, can be stopped. And we intend to 
build on this momentum."

Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies (OAMM), a local, grassroots organization supported
in part by Ohio's SAM Action affiliate, led the opposition to Issue 3. OAMM put 
together an impressive coalition of parents, medical professionals, law enforcement,
small business owners, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Greens together
 to fight the initiative, which was supported by political consultants, NORML, and
Ethan Nadelmann, the head of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Sabet continued, "We've stopped legalization initiatives before through state
but this is one of the field's most satisfying wins in a while. Ohioans should be
congratulated for putting a stop to Big Marijuana in their state."