Part of ResponsibleOhio’s plan would put 10 marijuana farms in southwest Ohio counties
Columbus, Ohio – Ohio voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana with a constitutional amendment this year.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said ResponsibleOhio, a private investor marijuana advocacy group, had collected 320,267 signatures of registered Ohio voters, enough to put the Marijuana Legalization Amendment on the November 2015 ballots. The amendment seeks to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use by adults 21 and older.
“It’s time for marijuana legalization in Ohio, and voters will have the opportunity to make it happen this November–we couldn’t be more excited,” said ResponsibleOhio Executive Director Ian James. “Drug dealers don’t care about doing what’s best for our state and its citizens. By reforming marijuana laws in November, we’ll provide compassionate care to sick Ohioans, bring money back to our local communities and establish a new industry with limitless economic development opportunities.”
ResponsibleOhio contends that instead of the state spending upwards of $200 million a year enforcing marijuana laws, a billion-dollar industry could be unleashed in Ohio over the next few years.
ResponsibleOhio has produced a series of videos touting the valuable and constructive effects legalized marijuana would have on the state of Ohio, from small business jobs and tax revenue to social justice.
However, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ohio lawmakers have also proposed a constitutional amendment to prohibit monopolies, aimed directly at ResponsibleOhio’s proposals of creating 10 marijuana growing farms in the southwestern Ohio counties of Hamilton, Butler and Clermont.