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ResponsibleOhio Raises Thirty Six Million Dollars For Legalization Effort

responsibleohio ohio marijuanaThere is news coming out of Ohio that the group behind a marijuana legalization proposal, ResponsibleOhio, is claiming that they have raised $36 million dollars. The group was receiving backlash from marijuana reform organizations and activists because their original plan gave the monopoly for marijuana cultivation to ten entities. The State of Ohio rejected the language for that proposal, but ResponsibleOhio was planning on revamping the language anyways to include a provision to allow home cultivation.

ResponsibleOhio has strong backing by people with deep pockets. Per Cleveland.Com:

Investors have raised at least $36 million to fund ResponsibleOhio’s plan to legalize marijuana and purchase the commercial growing sites promised to investor groups.

Investors contributed $4 million to each of nine limited liability corporations tied to ResponsibleOhio last year, according to securities offering filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. ResponsibleOhio officials have said they expect to spend more than $20 million to get their constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot and passed by a majority of voters in November.

It seems unclear right now exactly why ResponsibleOhio is planning on spending so much money on their campaign, and what the other $16 million dollars they have raised is going to be dedicated to other than securing grow facilities. Oregon, Washington, and Colorado each spent roughly 4-6 million dollars for their successful campaigns, and Alaska spent less. Ohio is a bigger state, and requires more signatures to get on the ballot, but I’m thinking that it won’t cost $20 million dollars to win on Election Day 2016. With that being said, if the new language in the initiative is good and allows people to grow their own, I don’t have a problem with rich people throwing that kind of money at a campaign.

  • jontomas

    Perhaps they are building a money war chest to fight against deep pocketed prohibitionists like Sheldon Adelson, whose millions recently defeated Florida’s medical marijuana initiative.

    • Funny enough Mr. Adelson funds cannabis MS research in Israel.

  • Nathaniel

    I think they are preparing for the worst. That said, if they do have that much money on hand it would behoove them to hire a reasonable panel of lawyers to help clean up the language in their proposal.
    There is nothing wrong with spending a few dollars to get language added that cannot be amended easily, or at all, to measures/bills/proposals as important as this.

  • Anti-cannabis laws were a Stalinist invention. By Republicans.

    “Look, we understood we couldn’t make it illegal to be young or poor or black in the United States, but we could criminalize their common pleasure. We understood that drugs were not the health problem we were making them out to be, but it was such a perfect issue…that we couldn’t resist it.” – John Ehrlichman, White House counsel to President Nixon on the rationale of the War on Drugs.

    • 2buds4me

      I Love that quote – so telling – so revolting – so dispicable.

  • gmb357

    Hypocrites and liars

  • Mike

    ResponsibleOhio’s plan is going to be on the 2015 ballot, not 2016.

  • Acidsex

    So this is basically like cartels raising $36 million to put an initiative on the ballot for the voters to give them a monopoly on growing. I don’t care if they are open to adding new growers in the future, it is still anticompetitive from the start. From the people I have talked to around Ohio, rumor has it that the only reason they added the homegrow option was for fear that even legalization supporters would vote against it so instead are going to require homegrows to register with the state and apply for a license that won’t be granted to anyone much like how some states have the Marijuana Tax Stamp that no one can ever get issued.