Ohio Lawmakers Want to Ban Marijuana ‘Monopoly’

Ohio legislators don’t want the marijuana business to look like the state’s casino industry if voters legalize cannabis this fall.

In 2009, a group that included Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was granted exclusive rights to build four casinos in the state.

Similarly, a proposal from a group called ResponsibleOhio would green-light medical and recreational marijuana but allow just 10 cultivation operations. Under the plan, major investors in the legalization campaign would control those grow sites.

Lawmakers are mulling a voter referendum that would put an anti-monopoly issue on the ballot this year. If passed, it may effectively kill ResponsibleOhio’s plan.

The group is currently collecting the 306,000 signatures it needs to put the legalization initiative before voters.

State Auditor Dave Yost last month made a pitch to the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Committee (OCMC) that would require companies hoping to create monopolies to have two initiatives passed rather than just one.

An OCMC committee will meet this week to discuss proposals to block initiatives giving economic benefits to individuals or small groups.

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6 comments on “Ohio Lawmakers Want to Ban Marijuana ‘Monopoly’
  1. Ohio Advocate on

    It’s terribly sad that private interest groups can buy our states constitution in an effort to capitalize of the sick and desperate.

    If you’re gonna legalize it, legalize the entire industry for everyone to participate in, not just filthy rich investors.

  2. The American Legal Group on

    I cannot believe how the Federal, State and Local Governments have made such a mess of this whole Marijuana thing, but then I thought, what has the Government ever done and done right?

    This will end up like everything else, the rich will get richer and the people that really know how much this can help certain people will continue to suffer.

    I have been asking for help for over 4 years to get these people the help they deserve and all I get is “buy my book, buy this, buy that.


    If you have integrity and you really care about the people that have kept you Free, then get a hold of me and help us get this going in Ohio and the rest of the Country.

    People are loosing Billions of dollars while they are trying to sell you a Pipe Dream (their books).

    Let’s see how many hero’s we have – [email protected]

  3. David Hefner on

    The governor ok’d the wording. We now have the signatures and that is what the opposition is afraid of.

  4. Doc Deadhead on

    I personally don’t care if there are only 10 ‘commercial’ growers as long as ‘home grow’ is permitted.

    Home grow is the only saving grace to this whole movement, we must be able to grow it ourselves just like ‘home brew’

    As long as we get the freedom of growing it ourselves, just like they did prior to 1937, then let the ‘jack daniels’ or ‘jim beam’ mega-companies fight over the market of people that cannot grow and don’t know of anyone that grows.

    When 2-4 million people are home growing across the country there will not be much of a ‘commercial’ market.

    The people MUST take control of their personal freedoms by only allowing legalization when it includes home grow

    Millers or Busch beer companies don’t mean anything to me, I make my own.

    • wenzel on

      your “freedom” to grow only starts after you pay for a personal growing license, giving the state your name and location where you will grow..

  5. Joe on

    No monopolies sounds like the way to go. If we legalize we should model after Colorado or some of the other states that have thriving cannabis business ventures. The rich and friends of politicians like John Boehner, you know the tan guy who likes to weep and cry better known as speaker of the house of representatives its all his friends and political cronies who are trying to capitalize on this. Or our good friends the Taft Brothers I am sure they have probably been growing cannabis all their lives and are experts on the subject. Wonder if old man Taft is rolling in his grave right now. Its just like the gambling let one guy run it all and he and his friends make all the money

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