New polling released by FM3 Research shows that a strong majority of voters in Ohio support legalizing marijuana.
The poll, conducted between August 14 and August 23 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%, is a good sign for the proponents of Issue 2, an initiative to legalize marijuana throughout Ohio that is being voted on this November.
The poll found that 50% of voters “strongly” support legalizing marijuana, while 17% support it but “not strongly”. Just 18% “strongly” oppose legal marijuana, with 9% opposing it but “not strongly”. 6% remain undecided.
Issue 2 would legalize the personal possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and up to 15 grams of marijuana concentrates, for those 21 and older, while also allowing for the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants.
In addition, Issue 2 would also establish a Division of Cannabis Control, as part of the Department of Commerce, with the authority to “license, regulate, investigate, and penalize adult use cannabis operators, adult use testing laboratories, and individuals required to be licensed.” The state would be required to issue at least 50 licenses for marijuana retail outlets.
When asked specifically about Issue 2, 55% of respondents said they will “definitely” (38%) or “probably” (17%) vote “Yes”, with an additional 5% leaning towards yes. 36% oppose the initiative.
Polling released last month by Fallon Research & Communications found that 59% of Ohio voters support legalizing marijuana with 32% opposed and 9% undecided.
According to a recently released report, the state could gain up to $403 million in new tax revenue from the legal distribution of marijuana and marijuana products to those 21 and older.