Husted tours JetExpress, stresses ‘No’ on marijuana amendment

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted discusses state Issue 3, marijuana legalization, at JetExpress. (WDTN, Beairshelle Edmé)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Secretary of State Jon Husted joined JetExpress, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and local health officials to further declare his opposition to Issue 3, ResponsibleOhio’s amendment to legalize marijuana.

Husted told the small crowd gathered in the trucking company’s garage that voting yes on Issue 3 will be detrimental to the Buckeye State.

The main point of his argument was the effect legalization has on the workplace, and for Ohio businesses like JetExpress.

“The idea that it would be legalized and available in every neighborhood and community in this state is a scary thought when it comes to how were going to build a stronger economy and how employers are going to fill their needs and meet their customers’ needs,” Husted explained.

Officials say there already is an issue with drug usage inhibiting employment opportunities. They say companies often cannot hire qualified applicants because they fail drug testing. Husted fears that legalizing marijuana will further complicate this issue. While marijuana may be legalized in the state, most businesses still will not allow it in their workplaces.

Husted also provided several other concerns with Issue 3, particularly its usage of the Ohio Constitution if passed.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé asked him about the confusion a majority of Ohioans say they have when it comes to the ballot language and the amendment it self.

Husted said, “The ballot language is confusing because the actual amendment is confusing. It’s hard to write ballot language on Issue 3 when it’s 6,600 words long. It would increase the size of the Constitution by more that 10 percent so it’s hard to condense 6,600 into a 100 words and that’s what we try to do with the ballot initiative. But the title really spells it out clearly on Issue 3 “Grants a monopoly for the commercial production and sale of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes.”

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.

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