Ohio native Drew Carey is not happy with the way ResponsibleOhio is planning the future of pot growing and distribution in his state. Carey, who supports marijuana law reform, has called out the group’s proposed constitutional amendment that would limit Ohio’s pot industry to ten grow sites. These sites would be owned and operated by wealthy investors who have already forked over $36 million to support ResponsibleOhio’s legalization ballot initiative, according to the Cleveland.com.
Last week Carey tweeted, “I’m not sure I like ResponsibleOhio’s plan for legalizing pot in Ohio. Sounds like they’re creating their own monopoly like the casinos did.” ResponsibleOhio responded with a tweet claiming retail stores would be independent and open to the public.
According to SEC filings, investors contributed $4 million last year to each of nine limited liability corporations tied to ResponsibleOhio, which says it needs $20 million to get its amendment on the ballot.
The amendment includes language that allows individuals to grow up to four plants.
Cincinnati businessman James Gould, a major ResponsibleOhio investor, says he wants to use the business acumen of the investors to accomplish what the drug war could not: drive drug dealers out of business by creating a regulated marijuana industry.
But many Ohioans, Carey included, feel they want to eliminate the competition while they alone cash in on this “green rush.”