- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - Southwest Ohio health professionals are lining up against a marijuana legalization proposal on Tuesday’s ballot.

Issue 3 would legalize cannabis for recreational and medical use and create a network of 10 authorized growing sites that’s been targeted as a monopoly by a separate ballot issue. The constitutional amendment would allow adults 21 and over to possess 9 ounces of marijuana at home, not including medical marijuana edibles.

The leader of PreventionFIRST!, a coalition of prevention, treatment, business and health care leaders, and a pharmacist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital said Friday that legalization poses “significant public health concerns.” The concerns they cite include increased exposure of children to marijuana and marijuana products.

ResponsibleOhio, the pro-legalization campaign, argues that legalization will help reduce the current illegal distribution of cannabis to underage Ohioans.

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