CLEVELAND-- After months of debate, Ohioans go to the polls on Tuesday to decide if marijuana should be legalized in the state.
Supporters of Issue 3 say legalization would only recognize what's already here - the widespread use of marijuana - but it would allow the government to tax it and regulate it. Opponents say it would lead to more addictions in general and increase the use of pot among teenagers.
Issue 3 ask voters to:
1) Legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over;
2) Allow adults to grow up to four plants for personal use;
3) Limit the number of entities that could grow pot for legal sale to 10 pre-designated sites.
Those sites are owned by the investors who put up roughly $20 million total to fund the campaign to try and legalize pot. And that proposal, to limit who could grow pot for legal sale, has become part of what opponents have targeted in their efforts to get people to vote against the Issue 3.
"It's going to be a cartel, giving them the exclusive right to grow marijuana in the state of Ohio," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a vocal opponent.
"There is no price-fixing. We're not going to behave like a cartel," said Woody Taft, one of the investors. "And if we do, our license will be taken away from us."
Supporters say a new pot industry would generate tax revenue, create up to a 1,000 stores to sell marijuana and 10,000 new jobs.
Opponents contend any money made through new taxes will be off-set for higher addiction and treatment costs, as well as more expenses for law enforcement.
Voters will also decide Issue 2, which seeks to make it much more difficult to pass so-called "economic amendments" in Ohio - such as Issue 3.
If both pass, the courts will likely decide whether pot is then legal in Ohio.