Many in Ohio are actively pushing for legalized recreational marijuana on the 2016 Presidential election cycle ballot. Two groups, ResponsibleOhio and Better for Ohio are the recognized heads of the push. Last week, one of them – ResponsibleOhio – got local labor unions to leap onto the legal weed wagon. The Ohio Labor Union represents such large brands in the area as Kroger and CVS.
Surprisingly, (or not) Better for Ohio and recreational marijuana opponents both are not pleased with the recent support. Here’s why:
It’s a Trap
According to High Times Magazine, “ResponsibleOhio, the organization currently collecting signatures to get their initiative to legalize marijuana on the ballot in the next presidential election, earned the support of the three largest labor unions in the state.”
These labor unions include Locals 75, 880, and 1039, which hold substantial weight in the city-wide politics of Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, and Columbus. Clearly a vast majority of the state’s population’s law are directly affected by these Locals factions.
This all sounds great for recreational marijuana proponents, but like many laws passed, there’s a catch. The seemingly pro-recreational cannabis group is actually comprised of wealthy investors looking to profit from the sales of recreational cannabis by creating a monopoly over the state’s grow facilities.
Apparently, these investors own 10 grow sites in the Ohio area, and only wish to allow for these 10 sites to produce recreational marijuana. Completely eliminating free market trade.
This is the reason Better for Ohio, which has had a recent proposal rejected by the Attorney General Mike DeWine just this week, considers ResponsibleOhio a negative avenue for recreational marijuana in Ohio’s future.
Better for Ohio’s recently rejected proposal allowed for over 40 grow sites in Ohio, re-allowing for free market among potential investors.
A New Hope
Despite their disagreement, there is a measure in the works that would be created collaboratively by both ResponsibleOhio and Better for Ohio.
If the two factions can come to an agreement, it’s likely Ohioans would see a recreational marijuana bill to vote upon in 2016. And if the large numbers of union workers followed their union’s guidance on the matter, most likely vote it into fruition.
Either way, the inclusion of such substantial unions in conjunction with a free market recreational cannabis industry would do well to prove the recreational cannabis industry can thrive in ‘the Bible belt’ of the United States.