By Steve Elliott
A new public opinion poll shows that nearly half of Northeast Ohio residents have tried marijuana, and most support some form of legalization -- but they aren't so sure about Issue 3.
Medical marijuana receives overwhelming support at 83 percent, according to the Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute poll released on Monday, reports Jackie Borchardt of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. A smaller majority, 55 percent, favor legalizing possession of marijuana for personal use.
But just 43 percent of respondents said they were likely or very likely to vote for Issue 3, the marijuana legalization measure on the November 3 ballot. About 38 percent said they'd likely not vote for Issue 3, and almost 20 percent were undecided.
"That lukewarm level of support may reflect the complexity of the ballot issue," said Lauren Copeland, associate director of the Community Research Institute and political science professor.
Issue 3, sponsored by "ResponsibleOhio," would legalize recreational and medical marijuana for adults 21 and older -- but commercial cannabis could only be grown at 10 sites belonging to, you guessed it, the wealthy investors who are bankrolling the initiative.
Ohio adults could grow up to four mature marijuana plants in a secure, private area at home, after obtaining a homegrow license.