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WYSO's coverage of the 2011 Election

Ohio Votes To Prevent Constitutional Monopolies

Officials with the no on 3/yes on 2 campaign celebrate a victory. Secretary of State Jon Husted is seated in the middle.
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio

 Ohio voters have approved a measure to prevent monopolies from being inserted into the state constitution.

The measure known as Issue 2 on Tuesday's ballot aims to keep individuals or private economic interests from placing new monopolies, cartels or oligopolies into the Ohio Constitution for their own benefit.

The practice has become increasingly common around the country as it becomes more expensive to mount a ballot campaign. Investors design such efforts to deliver economic benefits as a sort of return on investment for funding the ballot initiative.

Issue 2 targeted the system of 10 marijuana-growing sites that would have been created by the pot legalization question known as Issue 3 on the ballot. Issue 3 was defeated, avoiding a court challenge as to which issue would have trumped the other.