COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Voters' sound rejection of a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana in Ohio has been voted the top news story of 2015 by the state's member newspapers and broadcasters.
The proposal voted down by Ohioans in November would have legalized pot for medicinal as well as recreational uses. Despite previous polls showing a majority of Ohioans favor legalized pot, many voters said they had concerns about possibly creating marijuana monopolies. Backers of the measure say they will try again.
Rounding out the top 5 were Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) running for president; the Ohio State Buckeyes winning the first College Football Playoff national championship; drug-related deaths significantly increasing in the state, partly due to the rise of fentanyl; and the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur), a congressman from southwest Ohio.