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Does the “American Way” Still Exist? Why I’d Vote “No” on Ohio’s Issue 3

Fair competition, the goal of U.S. antitrust law in the form of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890, which prohibits agreements in restraint of trade and abuse of monopoly power, gives the Department of Justice the mandate to go to court and stop illegal behavior and impose remedies. Most of us remember the formation of this statute from our American history classes when in 1911, the federal government broke up Standard Oil, the cartel formed by John D. Rockefeller in the late 19th Century.

Subsequent legislation, the Clayton Antitrust Act (to address price-fixing) and the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 further solidified the law of the land against the formation of cartels and other acts of collusion that are considered in restraint of trade, and put in place criteria for the consideration of whether mergers and acquisitions would lessen competition and prohibit the creation of monopolies and the abuse of monopoly power according to Wikipedia.

Now, we all know that everything we read on Wikipedia is 100 percent accurate, so why on earth do the architects of Issue 3 on the November Ohio ballot, ResponsibleOhio, include the word monopoly in the ballot initiative?

I’ll tell you why: It’s because they can, money talks, and the law balks, preferred by the super wealthy who arrogantly believe that the way to get things done is to spend it freely so that their advantage as part of the invisible hand keeps it that way.

And who cares if the formation of a monopoly in the state of Ohio controlling the means of production for the state’s non-existent legal Cannabis Industry breaks another law, since the black market already exists in spades? Because it is the “American Way!”

Money has always talked regarding the Feds interpretation of anti-trust policies. Remember when Ma Bell (AT&T) was broken up by the Justice Department into seven operating Regional Bell Operating Companies in the early 1980’s? Somehow, there is still an AT&T that competes nationally for consumer’s (you and me) communications budgets, which have grown ten fold since the break-up to include not only your local and long distance phone needs, but your TV/cable budget, your cell phone budget, and your Internet budget so that additional “competitors” like cable and dish companies (think Comcast, Verizon, and the same AT&T) and their affluent and institutional investors have a much larger pie to enjoy.

And, remember that Standard Oil break-up back at the turn of the century? Well, it’s now called ExxonMobil, the No. 2 company on the Fortune 500 which along with AT&T (No. 10), and Verizon (No. 15), are among the three or four conglomerates that dominate their industry sectors with the support of the FTC and other government entities entrusted by their citizens to protect their citizens against unfair competition, predatory pricing, etc.

Tell that to the American public who, up until recent months, was spending $3.50 to $4.50 a gallon for unleaded gas, and upwards of $250 to $400 monthly for their communication needs. Wait until we have to spend $500 a month for water supplied by your friendly local government supported public water monopoly.

But, I digress; it’s the “American Way” and it has been around in the form of those who have controlled the means of production since the beginning of time.

So Ohio, vote for Issue 3 if you want more of the same, let ResponsibleOhio control the means of production so the wealthy individuals that crafted and will ultimately benefit by it have no fair competition in state until Federal cannabis prohibition ends. That is when they will move up the food chain and have to compete with the really big fish, the black market turned state sanctioned entrepreneurs, now very rich, successful and legitimate Cannabis Industry cultivation executives, and their shareholders that are waiting to gobble them up.

Or vote “No,” even if in protest to delay the inevitable until the Darwinism takes over and the inevitable occurs, because only the strong (and very, very, very wealthy!) survive. Vote No so you can still exercise the one thing that you still have constitutionally — your right to vote “NO,” because it’s the right thing to do and it’s still the American Way.

Rob Meagher

Rob Meagher

Rob Meagher, CBE’s Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief is a 30 year veteran of the media world. His career has spanned from stints representing the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Reader’s Digest, Financial World & Corporate Finance to the technology world where he worked at International Data Group and Ziff Davis where he was part of the launch team for The Web Magazine, Yahoo Internet Life, Smart Business and Expedia Travels before starting his own marketing and Publisher’s Representative Firm. He also ran all print and online media sales and marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management before partnering with Forbes and then Fortune to create Special Sections covering a variety of topics. Rob, who started CBE Press in 2014, can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Don’t vote with the DEA and Kevin Sabbett. If you wait for the”right” legalization you may need to pack a lunch because it will be a while. Legalization means no more marijuana searching drug dogs and no probable cause for the smell of cannabis. It is time to push forward with legalizing even if the “right” people don’t get rich. Amendments can evolve too this is not set in stone period. Don’t let stoners against legalization fool you this pendulum could swing back with a foolhardy move of voting to continue incarceration for possession of this beautiful and mind expanding flower. The sky did not fall in Washington with the “wrong” legalization in fact marijuana related arrests have plumited. How many mor Ohioans will lose their freedom before you realize counties would have to zone grows and wealthy land owners would rise to finance your states cannabis anyways. Wake up and smell the freedom Rob!

    1. Dear WazzuCyrus,

      You know, I did wake up free today, free because we have a constitution that guarantees certain liberties, and none of those liberties has to do with consuming cannabis. My liberty is to vote the way my conscience tells me, and it certainly isn’t telling me to align with the dishonest DEA or Kevin Sabbett, a classic fear monger-er.

      The game my friend is to end Federal Prohibition, the War on Drugs and de-scheduling cannabis completely and releasing non-violent drug offenders from prison/incarceration and clearing the records of those that have consumed cannabis and ended up with a record that just screws up their lives.

      But as I said in my piece and others have articulated, replacing one wrong with another is not a solution, its possibly an additional impediment for Ohioans to overcome if they ever want to see the “green” light of day. Just imagine the line of injunctions and litigation stemming from a yes vote on Issue 3.

      As you know, I am not the enemy, nor is Andy Joseph or others that see success in the state mandated programs in 24 states and the District of Columbia. None perfect yet all helping pave the way to eventual Federal capitulation. So let’s agree to disagree on Issue 3 and hope for the same conclusion, sooner or later!


      Rob Meagher

      1. Oligopolies exist and controll America to this day. I’d doubt you would choose to not have a cell phone, cable television and only use bit coin in protest. Do you know what Rockefeller said in response to monitory regulations? “Give me controll of a nations wealth and I care not who makes the laws.” This says what we all know, he with the gold makes the rules. I think the only thing we might agree on with this is that the creature fom Jekyll Island aka the federal reserve needs to be destroyed. Money is power and businesses start with capital investment which will sideline many great heritage basement growers, who would then need to team up with investors even without this state oligopoly. To say that Ohio deserves legalization but only when money stops representing power in the form of oligopolies is ignorant and callous. Let’s see what happens when zoning has been taken care of. It takes lots money and power to legalize, investors like this are friends to the national movement towards freedom. California has failed time and time again to legalize because of greedy in-fighting. Now it looks like a big investor may be the ticket to stop arresting California citizens for a pocket of flowers. We need the money and power in a united front of successful states that legalize. We do not need more wedges to polarize our community and fall into the divide and conquer trap set by the controlling elite. Once we legalize federally this small state will have to compete with the west coast giants that have not been stifled in the least. Washington state just allowed producers to increase their canopy and some of them have multiple liscences and guess what, about ten of the top producers in the state are making the majority of the money. Just like there is about ten auto manufacturers that make the lions share of auto sales. This is a dumb reason to continue the black market in Ohio in which probably less than ten groups enjoy the cannabis money including the DEA. I will not agree to disagree because it gives into solipsism, I hope that logic and reason are enough to shine light on the truth.

          1. Condesendingly telling someone you respect them does not make you respectable, it makes you a liar. Go ahead an link elbows with project SAM and the DEA in this roadblock to legalization but before you do understand why I do not respect thwarters of legalization. An unregulated legal situation may be the opening Sabbet and his minions need to paint the picture Washington and Colorado could not. Look at the top of the screen Rob you work for cannabis buiseness executive how many of us in ohio are you helping with this advice? That’s right, none. You do not write for Forbes and you are not a congress critter it’s time you understood your demographic, me the cannabis business executive.

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