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What Are The Ten Entities Behind ResponsibleOhio’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative?

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Responsible Ohio LogoIf you follow marijuana politics, then you know that Ohio has a marijuana legalization initiative that will be on the ballot in 2015. The initiative has drawn a lot of controversy because it only allows ten entities to grow recreational marijuana for profit in Ohio. The ten entities that get to grow marijuana for profit are the only ones funding the initiative as far as I know. So who are these ten entities? Below is a list of who will be able to grow marijuana for profit if the initiative passes, via Marijuana Business Daily:

• Licking County site – Dr. Suresh Gupta and Alan Mooney, principal of Mooney Wealth Advisory.

Hamilton County siteWilliam Foster, owner of A-1 Quality Logistical Solutions; Arizona Cardinals player Frostee Rucker; and former American National Basketball Association star Oscar Robertson.

Lorain County site – Bobby George, executive with Corporate Management Group.

Clermont County site – Frank Wood, CEO of Secret Communications.

Lucas County site – David Bastos, partner in Capital Investment Group.

Delaware County siteJennifer Doering, general manager of Chas. Seligman Distributing Co., in Kentucky.

Summit County siteWilliam “Cheney” Pruett, CEO of DMP Investments, in Texas; John Humphreys, chief financial officer of DMP Investments; and singer/restaurateur Nick Lachey.

Butler County site – Fashion designer Nanette Lapore; philanthropist Barbara Gould; Paul Heldman, former executive with Kroger Co.; financier Woody Taft; and musician Dudley Taft Jr.

Franklin County site – Rick Kirk, CEO of Hallmark Campus Communities.

• Stark County site – Ben Kovler, who runs a Chicago-based investment fund; and Peter Kadens, a Chicago entrepreneur in the solar energy industry.

All eyes will be on Ohio in November. The campaign has done a poor job of working with the cannabis community and supporters, and has caused future harms with their ‘Buddie the marijuana mascot’ gimmick. With that being said, marijuana prohibition is a horrible thing. How do readers feel? Do you think this is a ‘marijuana legalization at all costs scenario?’ Or do you feel that this is the best that Ohio can do, and that people should vote for it?

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  1. Better tham Monsato doing it and killing everyone. But how is that capitalism from a country that boast of the “Free market” when they are not allowing free market competition?

  2. They’ll make their first 36 million back in about five months.
    I notice that most of the backers are just people who are making money off of their initial wealth. How much do some people need?

  3. Like I said below: of course they own the land, they want their 36 million dollars back that it cost them to get this on the ballot! And if Issue 3 fails, good luck ever getting ANYONE else to put up 36 million dollars EVER again…don’t tell me, go ahead and tell the sick children that need this medication that Issue 3 is not in the BEST INTEREST of the people…I’m sure they’ll understand…or you could just vote YES on 3, get the kids their meds that they deserve, and THEN let’s focus on the 10 Commercial Sites only problem…

  4. Of course they own the land, they want their 36 million dollars back that it cost them to get this on the ballot! And if Issue 3 fails, good luck ever getting ANYONE else to put up 36 million dollars EVER again…don’t tell me, go ahead and tell the sick children that need this medication that Issue 3 is not in the BEST INTEREST of the people…I’m sure they’ll understand…or you could just vote YES on 3, get the kids their meds that they deserve, and THEN let’s focus on the 10 Commercial Sites only problem…

  5. This is the only marijuana initiative ever voted on in OH. When exactly will there be another and who exactly will pay for it? And how many consumers will be arrested from now until then?

  6. The parcels of land are owned by landlords who are not growers and who will lease their land to many more than 10 growers. There are many states that have MJ laws with far fewer than 10 growers. And OH will also have home grow. In addition, the legal suppliers will have to compete with the quality of the black market. This law is far better than the prohibition OH has now.

  7. You’ve got to be kidding me….
    “The Ohio bill would authorize 10 production facilities to serve as the only legal sources of marijuana within the state—and the land for these parcels is owned by the backers of the proposition.”
    This is old school politics. It DOESN’T WORK THIS WAY ANYMORE. Prop 3 is not for the people.

  8. Hello?!…
    The Ohio bill would authorize 10 production facilities to serve as the
    only legal sources of marijuana within the state—and the land for these
    parcels is owned by the backers of the proposition.

  9. I’m voting NO on 3!
    “The Ohio bill would authorize 10 production facilities to serve as the only legal sources of marijuana within the state—and the land for these parcels is owned by the backers of the proposition.”

  10. Re: prop 3… “The Ohio bill would authorize 10 production facilities to serve as the
    only legal sources of marijuana within the state—and the land for these
    parcels is owned by the backers of the proposition.”
    This is absurd and a power grab. This is not for the people.

  11. Ohio, vote NO on 2, and YES on 3…(November 3rd…THIS TUESDAY)

    First off, cannabis grown for medical/recreational consumption is a completely different crop/product than cannabis grown for hemp…

    (Re. Medical & Recreational Cannabis Production)- To all those opposed and everyone else: nowhere does Issue 3 say that the 10 parcels of self-designated land are only to be used by the 10 land-owners. In fact, the land-owners are already accepting applications from independent indoor growers to lease space on the designated indoor parcels of land to grow. The 10 “commercial company monopoly” thing is disingenuous, what’s real is that there will be 10 commercial indoor sites with leases available to anyone…this consolidation can be a good way to monitor indoor growing conditions and ensure there’s quality control (correct temp & humidity, lighting, nutrients, air circulation, watering, bug and mold prevention)…and even if it is what the opposition says it is, it’s not “set in stone” and can be changed…and most importantly, you’ll be able to grow your own anyway or use friends if you don’t want the store bought “corporate backed” stuff…The key word is “commercial”, you & your friends can still privately grow/share/consume your own. If you plan to grow commercially, then I recommend you submit an application now to one of the property owners, while there’s still some space left.

    Winning elections cost money these days (36 million dollars so far to get this on the ballot) and I have no problem granting exclusive commercial property growing rights to 10 land-owners, for 4 years, that can lease out lots to independent commercial growers.

    (Re. Agricultural Hemp Production)- Medical/recreational plants are bred to be mostly female, while hemp plants are mostly male…the species/strain is different, the hemp plants don’t flower, so there’s nothing to consume/smoke…the processing is different, and basically they’re the same plant, used in two completely separate industries…

    I agree that the lack of Hemp production Free Market provisions left out of Issue 3 is an unresolved issue, and it’s an issue that needs to be addressed in the future/2016. For now the positives far out way the negatives, unless you’re able to completely ignore your “emotions” by taking a year of the patients treatment and well being out of the equation, and instead only focus on being the “Napa Valley” of the midwest, I’d say you’re only focused on the money, and no better than what you’re implying ”RO” is guilty of. I say, give “RO” a year to make back their 36 million dollar investment to get this passed, and THEN rally all of the agricultural industry beneficiaries to come up with they’re XX million dollars to get the Free Market Hemp production provisions passed in 2016.

    Now let’s get this straight and summarize: these 10 locations that everyones so upset about, are to be indoors, people don’t grow anything other than medical/recreational cannabis indoors… Medical/recreational cannabis CAN be grown outdoors, but it most likely won’t be done that way around HERE because of the winter. So it will be grown indoors using all female “flowering” plants, only the flowers get harvested, so they are clipped by hand and the plant remains as is— Now Hemp, on the other hand, is grown outdoors, using male plants that don’t flower and the entire plant is used/harvested similar to corn…and that is what is missing in issue 3- the Hemp provisions…which if the agricultural industrial beneficiaries would have been on their game, should have gone in together with “RO”…so now they’ll have to wait and rally the troops and go it alone in 2016 or whenever, just like “RO” is doing right now…

    Look, it’s a supply and demand industry, just like anything else.

    “RO” is doing what they needed to do to guarantee that the investors will get there 36 million dollars back, they needed to do that in order to get the money to begin with…otherwise we wouldn’t even be having this conversation…I don’t blame them for that, it’s smart money…would you invest $36 million dollars in something that wouldn’t get your money back with interest? They are going to be leasing indoor growing space to independent commercial medical/recreational growers, if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be accepting lease applications, and they are RIGHT NOW.

    What I want to see happen is this: everyone vote NO on 2, and YES on 3…get the Medical/recreational indoor industry supplying the sick people with meds, teach the able bodies to grow their own at home, and also allow the 21 and older crowd to have some fun…THEN lets address the Hemp Production issue in 2016…we are making progress here, sometimes compromises have to be made, these baby steps are going in the RIGHT direction…

    vote NO on 2, and YES on 3

  12. I am a partner & co-founder of a legalized WA state based producing company who has residency in both OH and WA. It’s obvious where I stand on 3, however, to legalize a system that allows for the “few” well-off (pay to play stereotypical individuals) to reap the financial rewards goes against everything our democracy stands for! Its well known that Oligarchy disallows innovation, fair balance and for further separation of the rich and poor. It’s very well documented that there are over 2,000 well known specific strains of cannabis offering people all kinds of different benefits but very individualized benefits. It really comes down to CHOICE – In WA, we have developed ourselves as being really well known for producing very high good quality strains and offering different options to the masses who individualize their taste and need for a specific high quality strain and there are over 600 licensed growers there! By no means am I a proponent for that many in OH, but if there are only 10 organizations producing cannabis, history shows us that innovation and consumer choice and quality of product all suffer.
    To offer another perspective think about all the choices we, as consumers have in other industries – beer, gas stations, medications, cars etc. So here with cannabis lets all ask ourselves – why should we be dictated to – and only be able to choose from a select few growers who are not meeting all the needs of the many!

    YES on 2 – YES on 3

  13. Please watch and share UC Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s well balanced RO panel debate, featuring RO author, Chris Stock, as well as Citizens Against ResponsibleOhio. Thank you so much! Ohio deserves to make an educated decision, please help make that possible!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95yN54JhKtI

  14. A law to allow a plant that grows anyway, to
    legally grow..can I vote to legally breathe and walk next? What a bunch of mindless drones we have become. You don’t need permission to live and eat and grow and think.or a law.

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