Poll finds Ohio voters divided on marijuana legalization issue
AKRON, Ohio- A new poll released by the University of Akron on Tuesday shows Ohio voters are split on the issue of legalizing marijuana.
Issue 3, which will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot, would permit people 21 and over to use marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes. If passed, it would allow for marijuana manufacturing at 10 predetermined sites in the state and create a system for testing the substance.
The poll, which included questions about the other two ballot issues, found voters are evenly divided on Issue 3 with 8 percent undecided.
According to the survey, 53 percent of participants said the amendment to legalize pot is a good idea. But 43 percent said it will encourage citizens, including children, to use marijuana and other drugs.
More than half of those surveyed said Issue 3 is bad because it will grant 10 wealthy land owners a monopoly on growing marijuana in the state. A majority are in favor of the tax revenue generated for local governments through the legal sale of pot.
The Center for Marketing and Opinion Research for the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron. It involved a random sampling of more than a thousand registered voters between Sept. 1 and Oct. 1.
The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.