Have you ever wondered why Ohio, held up as the
quintessential swing state, has a General Assembly that is dominated by
one party? The answer, at least in part, has to do with the state’s
method for drawing its state house districts.
Let’s put this on the table first: CityBeat
supports the legalization of marijuana. But there are better ways to do so, and we believe the price ResponsibleOhio asks is too steep:
legalization at the cost of creating a small, powerful group with
exclusive rights to grow marijuana commercially.
Like Issue 3’s effort to legalize
marijuana, Mayor John Cranley’s proposal to amend the city’s charter in
order to fund improvements to the city’s parks presents an ostensibly
attractive goal wrapped in an untenable package.