08 Jun Ohio Legislators Getting Pressure to Block Marijuana Monopolies
Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Legislature to block efforts to enshrine in the Ohio Constitution economic monopolies such as the legal sale of marijuana.
Supporters of the concept say that problems began in 2009 when Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Penn National Gaming persuaded voters to allow them the exclusive right to build four casinos in the state, including one in Columbus.
In 2014, a group floated the idea of a ballot issue to require the state to issue $13 billion in bonds for clean-energy projects.
“Now, with this proposal for marijuana, I have even more concerns,” said Senate President Keith Faber, R-Celina.
He was referring to a proposal to legalize the drug in Ohio and grant 10 investment groups the sole right to grow and sell pot wholesale. Sales would be taxed at all levels, with the proceeds going mainly to local governments. [Read more at the Columbus Dispatch]
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