HPIO is an independent and nonpartisan organization. Our mission is to advance evidence-informed policies that improve health, achieve equity, and lead to sustainable healthcare spending in Ohio. HPIO’s primary audience is policymakers and since voters are policymakers in the case of a ballot initiative, HPIO regularly creates resource pages to make information on the health impact of relevant statewide ballot issues easily accessible. The links to resources contained on this page are for educational purposes only and do not reflect the views of HPIO, including HPIO staff, board members and funders.
On Nov. 7, 2023, Ohioans will vote on Issue 2 – a ballot initiative that would change Ohio law to:
While some ballot initiatives seek changes to the Ohio Constitution, this law — called an initiated state statute — would be added to the Ohio Revised Code. This means that the change to Ohio law was proposed by Ohio citizens and will be submitted directly to Ohio voters who can vote to enact the law. If the proposed law is approved by the majority of voters, it will become effective 30 days after the election and would be subject to subsequent revisions by the Ohio General Assembly.
For more details about the ballot initiative process, see the Ohio Secretary of State website.
The following arguments were filed with the Ohio Secretary of State:
Decades of research on tobacco and alcohol provide evidence for approaches that are most effective to reduce the harms caused by these legal drugs. This 2021 HPIO policy brief lays the groundwork for future cannabis policy discussions by: