The state of Ohio will go to the polls in November to determine if marijuana
will become legal throughout the state. Unlike other states that have
first legalized medical marijuana, Ohio’s ballot includes a measure
to unprecedentedly legalize both medical and recreational marijuana at
the same time.
However, there is one major roadblock for Ohio voters. There are currently
ten investors who have been granted exclusive licenses to grow marijuana
throughout the state. Some Ohioans object to this, arguing that this is
a form of a monopoly and should be rejected. Ohio’s constitution
forbids monopolies of any kind, but the measure to legalize marijuana
also includes language that will amend the constitution to allow this
type of monopolization.
Attorney Friedman Predicts a Court Battle Over Marijuana Legalization
Fox News 8 interviewed Attorney Friedman as a legal expert regarding this push to legalize marijuana. According
to Attorney Friedman, “It’s going to end up in the courts.
There’s no question about it”. Especially with the development of
Issue 2, a counter-action to prohibit any type of amendment to Ohio’s constitution,
this has become problematic for many Ohio voters.
In addition, the idea that exclusively selected investors will have a complete
monopoly over this blossoming industry is a point of contention for many.
However, Attorney Friedman is confident that this is nothing new for Ohio.
He states, “Is it any different than what we just had with the casinos?
Probably not. Before that passed by the state, we knew exactly who was
getting the licenses and where they were going to go”.
With issues related to constitution amendments and industry monopolization,
this is sure to be a measure that will occupy much attention in the coming months.
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