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Ohio Legalized Weed? 5 Things You Need to Know

Ohio maybe the next state to make marijuana legal.

Hollywood has a love/hate relationship with marijuana. With stoner movies such as Dave Chappelle's Half Baked or Seth Rogen's Pineapple Express, producers realize that there is a huge market out there for marijuana and weed inspired movies. Especially, when there is a large number of legal weed pharmacies located throughout Los Angeles. A simple google search will tell you each and every weed shop and provide rankings on quality, design, safety, and other highlights. Pineapple Express Pineapple Express Now, on November 3rd, Ohio may become the next state to make recreational marijuana use legal in the Buckeye State. Issue 3 is will drastically change law enforcement especially in a country where police arrest 700,000 people a year and decreases black-market violence surrounding a drug that nearly 50% of American adults have used at least once. If Ohio does choose to make marijuana legal, then the Buckeye State will become the fifth state in the country to legalize weed. And according to reports, it looks like it is going to happen. According to a Kent State poll of registered voters, 58% of registered voters support all “legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” Issue 3 will allow adults over the age of 21 to buy and carry up to an ounce of marijuana, and if they obtain a permit, the ability to grow up to eight ounces of weed for personal use. Pineapple Express But, there is controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Ohio. As The Daily Beast points out, "Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction" (MGCE), which gives a group of people the exclusive rights to sell and grow marijuana.
The controversy stems from Issue 3’s creation of 10 “Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction” (MGCE) facilities or growing zones. These would have a monopoly on commercial production within Ohio and the investors in the MCGEs are also the people promoting and paying for the Issue 3 campaign. The initiative precludes collusion among the commercial investors (who include figures ranging from singer Nick Lachey to basketball great Oscar Robertson) and also nixes any kind of vertical integration with the up to 1,100 retail stores that could be licensed to sell weed. As it does with liquor stores, the state government will limit the number of pot shops based on a county’s or city’s population.
“It’s disgusting to me,” the head of the pro-legalization group Ohioans to End Prohibition told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The idea that any group or corporation has the exclusive right to grow marijuana and sell it. It’s not plutonium. It’s an agricultural commodity that should be regulated like one.” Source: The Daily Beast

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