Finally somewhere in the world that has brains when voting. Ohio has not backed the legalisation of marijuana in their state. The reason being is not what one would expect but rather because established companies will have a monopoly on the cultivation, distribution and sale of marijuana once legalised. An Ohio lawyer who is the founder of an industrial hemp business, a member of The International Cannabinoid Society, a user of marijuana for 47 years, and who has made legalisation of marijuana his life’s work has voted against it. He even resigned as the lawyer for Ohio rights group after they endorsed the legislation called issue 3.
According to Cleveland.com even the counties that would benefit most from farms in their area voted against it. One county that is apparently the growth hub of illegal marijuana voted against it also. The National Cannabis Association has agreed that it is ...”a deeply flawed monopolistic approach to marijuana reform”. According to CNN only 10 farms would be allowed to grow the marijuana with 20 people invested in the 10 farms. Naturally the investors don’t call it a monopoly with one investor, Woody Taft saying “how can you call 10 competing people a monopoly?” Woody Taft is the great-great grandnephew of ex US President Taft.
I can call it a monopoly because everyone should be allowed to grow 1 plant per person. What we should not be seeing from the legalisation of marijuana is companies and/or individuals cashing in because they have prior knowledge, resources or political influence pre set up to take advantage of legalisation to legalise marijuana. That scenario has already happened here.
Well done to OHIO for thinking. Now we just have to all think and give small business start ups a chance.