A new survey has shown resounding bipartisan support for cannabis legalisation in Ohio.
The survey, carried out by Fallon Research & Communications, has shown that the majority of voters – 59% – in Ohio are in favor of legalising cannabis.
The results come just before a crucial November ballot that will determine the future of cannabis in Ohio.
While an earlier poll in July showed only 40% of GOP voters were in favour of legalisation, this recent survey indicates that 48% of Republicans now support it – a significant increase in just a few months.
A total of 68% of Democrats are backing the legalisation proposal as are 62% of politically unaffiliated voters.
The poll involved interviews with 501 registered Ohio voters conducted from August 22-25, with a margin of error of +/-4.4 percentage points.
The ballot would see Ohioans ages 21 and older allowed to buy and possess 2.5 ounces of cannabis and 15 grams of concentrates, grow up to six plants individually with no more than 12 and products taxed at 10%, with revenue going toward administrative costs and addiction treatment programmes, as well as municipalities with dispensaries and a social equity and jobs programme.
Establishing a legal cannabis market in the state could bring in up to $403.6 million in annual tax revenue according to an analysis by Ohio State University.