Garden stores are reporting increased sales and interest in indoor marijuana plants
Version 2 would legalize recreational marijuana in the state. Under the measure, Ohioans over the age of 21 will be allowed to grow up to 6 marijuana plants in their homes. Up to 12 plants are allowed in households with two or more adults over 21 years of age.
“Since they talked about going to the ballot when they received signatures, business increased. “After it was on the ballot, we saw another increase,” said Victoria Jones, owner of Grow Wizard.
The hydroponic and indoor gardening supply store on Denison Ave has been selling products and offering advice for 20 years. Although the fate of Issue 2 remains undecided, many customers are curious about what steps they could take if voters approve the measure, Jones said.
“People come to you with questions – do you have everything I need?” “Gathering information,” she said. “Then you have the doers: I’ll buy everything I need, I’ll sit, and I’ll wait.”
Lisa Deuel was eager to switch from narcotics for chronic pain to medical cannabis when it was legalized in Ohio.
“There are a lot of benefits from it without getting addicted to the pills,” she said.
She swears by the benefits but said medical marijuana is expensive and not covered by medical insurance. She said she had to spend up to $3,400 a month at Ohio dispensaries and up to $1,400 a month across state lines.
“Can we afford it? Not all the time, no,” Doyle said. “And to be able to have that, you could grow your own medicine, it would be very useful.”
Opponents of Issue 2 told News 5 that the measure’s provision allowing Ohioans to grow their own marijuana creates new concerns.
“Everyone will grow it, even if they don’t use it, just to sell it because it’s the American way. Capitalism is a great thing, right? Six plants for one person will produce more than one person can feasibly consume,” said Gary Wolski, president of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). .
He explained that the FOP is largely opposed to recreational marijuana because of what the group says will be easier access for children to access products laden with THC. Wolske also pointed to research conducted in other states that showed an increase in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes testing positive for marijuana after recreational use was legalized.
Supporters of the second issue say that these studies do not prove any causal relationship.
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In addition to plant limits, landlords can prohibit tenants from growing and smoking marijuana on their property. Wolske said he’s concerned about who will enforce home growing rules and how they’ll do it.
“It would be your community police department or your county sheriff’s department. I don’t see anything in the bill that creates ‘marijuana police,'” he said. “There is another burden on law enforcement.
Deuel believes much of the pushback against marijuana is rooted in the stigma surrounding the drug.
“When it comes to marijuana, it is placed in a completely different position in terms of how people look at it,” she said.
Jones agreed, but said perceptions seem to be changing. She and those on the opposing side are preparing for the consequences if voters approve the second issue.
“It is ready to go, it has been long overdue, and my business will flourish,” she said.
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