Yesterday, voters in Ohio had an opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution that would have legalized marijuana throughout the state for recreational use. Despite growing support across the nation for legalizing marijuana, the proposed amendment had a lot of critics even among those who support the legalization of marijuana.

If it had passed, the proposal would have granted a small number of wealthy investors sole permission to operate commercial marijuana farms.

“The people of Ohio have understandably rejected a deeply flawed, monopolistic approach to marijuana reform that failed to garner broad support from advocates or industry leaders,”¬†National Cannabis Industry Association¬†executive director Aaron Smith said in a statement. “This debate has shown that there is a strong base of support for legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana. Now the foundation has been laid for a potential 2016 effort that would put forward a more common-sense initiative and have a major impact on the presidential conversation in the process.”

The amendment would have allowed licensed individuals to possess, grow, share, and cultivate up to eight ounces of marijuana and four marijuana plants. Anyone over the age of 21 without a license would have been able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, and individuals with a physician-certified medical condition would have been granted use of medical marijuana.

This proposal was different from similar proposals that have passed in other states like Colorado in that it would have created 10 Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction facilities that would have had exclusive rights to grow plants for commercial use. The designated farms were backed by a group of notable famous to borderline famous Ohioans, including NBA great Oscar Robinson, fashion designer Nanette Lepore, and former boy band and reality TV star Nick Lachey.

This unusual measure made a lot of legalization advocates remain neutral on the issue in Ohio instead of lending their full support. It did find some supporters in Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and ResponsibleOhio, which argued for the potential financial windfall the legalization would have created in Ohio and the fact that the money would go into the hands of responsible individuals and the government over drug dealers.

Recent polling suggests that the majority of Ohio voters do support the legalization of marijuana. However, it seems likely that many supporters voted this proposal down not because of a change in stance on the policy, but because of the form in which it was presented.