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Michigan Marijuana Legalization Advocates See Promise, Peril In Ohio Pot Proposal

MICHIGAN: Michigan groups hoping to legalize marijuana in 2016 are turning their attention to Ohio today, as voters in the Buckeye State decide the fate of a unique pot proposal.

The Responsible Ohio measure would legalize recreational and medical use of the drug but restrict commercial growing to 10 sites controlled by wealthy investors, who would essentially be granted a monopoly or “oligopoly” on the agricultural side of the marijuana industry.

“You want to see legalization, but you don’t want to see it done that way,” said Jeffrey Hank, chairman of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Reform Committee, commonly known as MI Legalize, one of two groups running a petition drive here.