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FOP Comes Out Against Legalized Marijuana

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The state’s largest police union says it’s strongly opposed to a fall ballot measure that, if approved, would legalize marijuana in Ohio.

The Fraternal Order of Police says Issue 3 would give a small group of investors a monopoly over the cultivation of marijuana in Ohio.

If approved, the plan from the group Responsible Ohio would create ten grow sites, back by investors, to supply all of the state’s new retail market. It would also let Ohioans have up to four plants for personal use.

The FOP says it would be impossible for police to distinguish between commercial and homegrown pot, and they says provisions to protect minors would be hard to enforce.

The Ohio FOP president says the last thing neighborhoods need is a marijuana retail store near schools or playgrounds.

Supporters of legalizing pot say they’re taking back neighborhoods from drug dealers and creating jobs.