Youngstown-Warren Chamber opposes marijuana amendment

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Board of Directors issued a statement Wednesday opposing State Issue 3, which would legalize the sale of marijuana for those 21 and older.

“There are many pitfalls to legalizing marijuana that are being felt in states such as Colorado and that would be best avoided here in Ohio,” Regional Chamber President and CEO Tom Humphries said.

The Chamber listed its objections as being difficulty in recruiting drug-free employees, implications for workplace safety, impact on workforce productivity, quality and costs and the resulting effect on employer liability.

ResponsibleOhio has raised more than $20-million dollars to support the campaign. Among the investors are fashion designer Nanette Lepore, former Cleveland Brown Frostee Rucker, and former 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey.

The amendment would establish 10 authorized growing locations around Ohio.

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