The election is over. The voters said “no” to using the Ohio constitution to establish a monopoly for marijuana growers. Thank goodness Ohioans were paying attention in their basic civics class in school; their “no” vote prevented a perversion of the state constitution.
Basic civics tells us a constitution sets forth fundamental principles and established precedents. It defines the powers and duties of government. What is written in a constitution should be as relevant 100 years from now as it is today. That is not to say a constitution should never be amended over time.
But an amendment that lists permitted marijuana growers by county, parcel and acreage is not a set of fundamental principles. If that amendment had passed, it would have been an abuse of the amendment process.