7/7/15 – 4:51 A.M.
Local officials are putting together a plan to fight an effort to legalize marijuana in Ohio. The Courier reports members of the Opiate Task Force, the Community Partnership, and the ADAMHS board met Monday to talk about the issue. If the legalization issue appears on the ballot it could allow for more than 1,100 recreational dispensaries in the state. For comparison, there are only 203 Starbucks locations in Ohio.
Zach Thomas is the wellness and education director for ADAMHS. He tells the newspaper if the pot amendment is approved by voters, Ohio would become the first state to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use at the same time. Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller adds he has concerns about complications at drug free workplaces, higher crime rates, and more traffic accidents.
Thomas says the ballot initiative as it is worded could lead to a pot monopoly. The constitutional amendment allows for only 10 grow sites in the state. The Ohio legislature is working to put a measure on the ballot that would ask voters to allow a monopoly on marijuana grow sites or not. If it passes it would trump the initiative being pushed by ResponsibleOhio.
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