Smoke shops will stay around even if marijuana amendment doesn’t pass

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — For decades, there have been stores that sell items to make it easier to smoke marijuana.

To find out how those who will be most directly affected by marijuana legalization feel, we went to High Street.

“This is all legal, it’s not like we’re selling anything illegal,” said Jake Goldberg, who was working at High Up Head Shop.

Technically, these water pipes and other items they sell are for tobacco products.

What someone does with them when they leave the store…well, that’s their business.

“We don’t want anybody to be able to walk out the store and get in trouble just because they purchased a tobacco water pipe or other accouterments,” said Lacy Thompson, who owns The Joint.

Some people at the stores say they support legalizing marijuana, but are against the organization trying to do it. Some say they hope it will be on the ballot as its been proposed. Others just don’t care.

At The Joint, they couldn’t be happier that ResponsibleOhio’s amendment is close to making the ballot.

They believe legalization will lead to more business.

If the amendment makes it to the ballot, it has to pass–and there are already legal challenges to that.

But these stores have been around for years and will probably continue to stay. The stores are fulfilling a want–and, they believe, a need–that keeps them in business.

“There’s a lot of easily accessible, high-powered marijuana out in the city” said Goldberg.

For some of the shops, they view the time has come.

“This is a good thing for everyone, not just a business,” Thompson said.

If it is put on the ballot, if it is approved and made legal, these shops and others are already in the business of supplying some of what will be used in the new Ohio industry.

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