Issue to decriminalize marijuana in Amherst fails

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AMHERST, Ohio– Residents in Amherst voted against a ballot issue that would decriminalize marijuana in the city.

The ordinance failed with a vote of 52 percent against and 47 percent in favor, according to unofficial election results from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

The issue aimed to reduce penalties for misdemeanor pot possession and usage, and eliminate financial penalties.

If the ordinance passed, it would have been up to police officers to enforce the ordinance since they can still charge offenders under state law.

More election results here

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