Pot problem: Ohio court says wording of pot legalization ballot is misleading

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s Supreme Court says part of the ballot wording describing a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state is misleading and has ordered a state board to rewrite it.

Supporters of the measure, known as Issue 3, had challenged the phrasing that was set to appear before voters in the Nov. 3 election as inaccurate and deliberately misleading. Attorneys for the state’s elections chief had argued the nearly 500-word ballot language was fair.

The high court sided with the supporters Wednesday. In its decision, the court orders the state’s Ballot Board to reconvene and replace sections about where retail stores can open, the amount of marijuana the initiative allows and the mechanism for adding growing facilities.

The court upheld the phrasing of the ballot issue’s title.

The proposed constitutional amendment will still appear on ballots.

**Continuing coverage of the marijuana issue in Ohio**