- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio chapters of Common Cause and the American Civil Liberties Union are opposing a fall ballot issue aimed at preventing monopolies from being inserted into the state constitution.

The measure, known as Issue 2, would revise Ohio’s constitution to prohibit amendments that deliver commercial economic benefits to individuals or monopolies. That language targets 10 authorized marijuana-growing sites created in Issue 3, a pot legalization effort.

Sam Gresham, who chairs Common Cause Ohio’s governing board, said Thursday that Issue 2 is a “poison pill for direct democracy in Ohio.” He says it would give the state’s Ballot Board power to kill initiatives it dislikes.

Christine Link of ACLU of Ohio says the issue restricts citizens’ ballot access.

Issue 2 supporters include the League of Women Voters, business groups and others.

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