Pro-marijuana group spent $21 million on campaign

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Campaign finance filings show backers spent more than $21 million on a losing fall campaign to legalize marijuana in Ohio for personal and medical use.

Figures reported to Secretary of State Jon Husted Friday showed most of the nearly $12 million ResponsibleOhio raised from July to October came from 10 contributing entities listed under corporate names. About 250 people gave individual contributions during the period. Their contributions of $2 to $200 totaled less than $8,000.

Filings showed Ohioans Against Marijuana Monopolies raised and spent about $2.1 million. Its opposition campaign centered on the proposal’s creation of 10 exclusive marijuana growing sites.

Approval of Issue 3 would have made Ohio the first state nationally to take marijuana from illegal to fully legal in a single vote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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