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Ohio’s Issue 3 received its first endorsement from a national marijuana advocacy group, but the group says the proposed constitutional amendment is not the best way to legalize marijuana.

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, has a simple mission: legalize marijuana use among adults and establish a regulated legal marijuana market. To that point, NORML supports Issue 3, which would legalize recreational and medical marijuana for adults over age 21 and establish a legal marijuana industry.

But NORML disagrees with Issue 3’s limitation on commercial growers. Commercial marijuana could only be grown at 10 sites detailed in the proposed constitutional amendment. The sites belong to investors bankrolling ResponsibleOhio, the political action committee pushing the amendment, which critics call a “marijuana monopoly.”

NORML called this aspect a “perversion of the initiative process” and said there are far better ways to legalize marijuana.

“Using the cover of badly needed criminal justice reform, the investors, operating under the name of Responsible Ohio, are seeking what is clearly an unfair advantage in the ‘green rush’ that is certain to follow marijuana legalization when it is adopted in Ohio,”

NORML legal counsel Keith Stroup wrote on the organization’s website.
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