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Backers Defend Ohio Initiative to Legalize Marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio — One of the major investors backing a ballot issue to legalize marijuana assured future entrepreneurs there would be thousands of business opportunities available to them despite the plan’s controversial limits on commercial growing.

T-shirts with marijuana slogans, cannabis-infused beverages, packaging for marijuana products are among the endless possibilities Ohioans can come up with, according to Alan Mooney, a Columbus-area investor in ResponsibleOhio’s legalization campaign.

“Ohio is going to dominate in this world — you guys are going to do that,” Mooney told attendees at a marijuana business conference held here. “You’re not just going to be in Ohio — this is just maybe where you’re getting started. You’re going to end up with an opportunity because the whole world is going to watch what we’re doing.”

Issue 3 would legalize marijuana sales and use to adults over age 21, making Ohio the fifth state to allow recreational use and the first to legalize without first having a medical marijuana program. All commercial marijuana could only be grown on 10 pre-selected sites owned by investors bankrolling the initiative, but Ohioans could grow small amounts for personal use. [Read more at the Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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