As early voting gets underway, Zanesville Mayor Jeff Tilton announced his stance on Issue 3, the legalization of marijuana.
The mayor said he opposes Issue 3, solely due to ballot language conflicts, zoning issues, and other concerns for the City of Zanesville and its citizens. Issue 3 would legalize marijuana allowing only 10 specific growing sites in the state. Tilton said the new zoning laws issued in the amendment should be left up to the city and citizens.
"The zoning, it tells how close it can be to church or a school, or a daycare center, and I think that should be up to the citizens or the administration," Tilton said. "With limited resources we have for law enforcement, what a burden that will put on us to enforce the law as it is."
The proposal would make Ohio the 5th state to legalize marijuana. Tilton wanted to make clear that his position is only against this specific initiative and its inconsistencies, rather than the legalization of marijuana itself.
"I have no position on the legalization of marijuana, I just feel that with it kinda of changing our zoning laws, because it’s saying that we don’t have the right to do that, it makes our zoning laws kind of obsolete to taking care of the marijuana problem as it is in issue 3," Tilton said.
The Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police are some other organizations in opposition of this initiative.