COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Tarak Underiner, an Ohio State University business major stopped on the Oval to hear more about the proposal to legalize marijuana.
ResponsibleOhio took its “Green Rush Bus Tour” to the Ohio State campus Monday, part of a statewide tour of college campuses. The group hopes to raise awareness of its initiative to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use.
Underiner believes marijuana is safer than alcohol and that legalization makes sense. “To have it as a scheduled illegal drug when it’s safer than legalized drugs seems illogical,” Underiner said.
But like a lot of voters, Underiner has his doubts about the proposal that will be on the ballot in November.
“I’m going to vote no,” Underiner said. “I don’t like the idea of just ten farms. I think anybody who wants to grow on a commercial scale should be allowed to.”
The proposed constitutional amendment designates ten specific large-scale growing locations, each one controlled by investors in the ResponsibleOhio plan.
That’s enough to cause OSU Student Dustin Monroe from Vanleer, Tennessee to vote no.
“I would not support the bill now but I would if they did some changes to it, for sure,” Monroe said.
But Ian James of Responsible Ohio says he is encouraged that college age students “get it.”
“They’re infrequent voters but what we’re seeing is a heightened awareness and interest in this campaign,” James said. “They may not like everything about it but they understand that what we got right now ain’t working and we need to find something that will and this will.”
Seth Dawson, a junior from Hilliard, is a believer.
“I’d like to get it regulated,”Dawson said. “I’d like to get it controlled and I would like the state to make – there’s a good amount of money to be made from it.”
Meanwhile, The Ohio Restaurant Association joined the growing list of organizations and associations around the state coming out against Issue 3.
Spokeswoman Natalie Walston said the proposal leaves too many unanswered questions about the impact on businesses. But the association is opposed on an even more fundamental level.
“We just don’t believe it should be part of the constitution,” Walston said. “We don’t believe that one powerful group should have something written into the constitution that gives them a monopoly.”