Pro-pot group says marijuana legalization will create jobs in Ohio

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HUDSON, Ohio-- Responsible Ohio, one of the organizations pushing to legalize marijuana in the state, says it is committed to bringing good paying jobs to Northeast Ohio, if voters say yes in November.

It's an empty plot of land now, but Responsible Ohio said the Hudson Crossing business park, near Routes 8 and 303 in Summit County, will be one of 10 pot-growing sites in Ohio.

Leaders said the site will bring hundreds of jobs, stimulating the local economy to the tune of $21.5 million.

"We’re talking an average $25 an hour salary wage per hour to be able to have that kind of funding to take care of family, to put a roof overhead," Responsible Ohio Executive Director Ian James said.

Responsible Ohio is pushing a ballot initiative that would create the grow sites. Once legal, leaders said the marijuana would be for medical use, and for personal use by adults 21-years and older. Local labor leaders are applauding the economic initiative.

"By signing this agreement and by allowing workers to form a union if they choose to, is an important stand," said Laurie Couch, spokeswoman for UFCW Local 75.

But opponents disagree, saying the legalization of marijuana in Ohio will lead to drug abuse and violence, and would not bring as much tax revenue to the state as supporters have stated.

Still, Responsible Ohio has recently submitted 695,273 signatures toward qualifying for the November ballot, and they are confident that it will be put to a statewide vote.

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