How Ohio Issue 1 could affect potential marijuana votePosted by On

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio voters are one day from deciding whether they want to make it harder to amend the state constitution, the question laid out in the sole issue on the August election ballot.

The outcome of the vote on Issue 1 could change the prospect for future ballot issue proposals on numerous issues, such as changing the state’s minimum wage and enshrining abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution — the second of which Ohioans are slated to vote on in November. 

But of the two proposed ballot measures that could appear in front of voters in the state’s next election, on Nov. 7, one will be unaffected by Tuesday: whether Ohioans legalize recreational marijuana

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Initiated constitutional amendment vs. statute

Under Ohio law, three methods exist to get an issue on ballots across the state: an initiated constitutional amendment, an initiated statute, and a referendum, according to the state attorney general’s office. A referendum overturns an existing law, while both initiated constitutional amendments and statutes either create or change one.

Initiated constitutional amendments and initiated statutes differ in what set of Ohio laws they’re adding to — naturally, constitutional amendments create language for the state constitution, while initiated statutes deal with the Ohio…

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