Ohio has got to have the worst marijuna legalization effort the world has ever seen. They want a monopoly that locks out independent owners, growers, distributiors, and sellers. They are run by outsiders that seem to be motivated only by greed.
Now, they have put back the legalization cause by years by introducing a mascot that appeals to children.
What were they thinking?
Marijuana industry professionals have been striving to move the perception of cannabis from stoner to acceptable, and are working hard each day to have the public and government officials take us seriously as responsible business men and women.
We even removed Tommy Chung from our national lobbying efforts because he represented a "stoner" and the industry wants to be perceived as respectable.
Now the wealthy outsiders and backers of Ohio's legalization effort have put a target on our backs - and make it seem that we are targeting children, because of their ill-thought and incredibly stupid mascot and travelling bus.
This is what happens when outsiders come into the cannabis industry, looking to make a fat profit.
Let's hope other states (including California - the giant in the cannabis legalization effort), don't make these same mistakes, and keep the playing field fair and level, don't target children, mandate safe (child-resistant) packaging, and assure that testing is done in a manner that provides accurate results.
Moreover, to the largest extent possible, we need to keep the outside corporate fat-cats with their big money at bay. These Wall Street tycoons have shown that their motivation is personal gain, without caring how it impacts the industry that many have worked so hard to legitimize.