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Ohio Chamber Opposes Pot Issue, Backs Anti-monopoly Measure

ResponsibleOhio this week kicked off an RV tour of the state to promote its marijuana legalization initiative.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Chamber of Commerce says it's strongly opposed to a marijuana legalization plan on the November ballot and will join a coalition seeking to get voters to defeat it.

The chamber's president and CEO, Andy Doehrel, told reporters Wednesday that the pot proposal known as Issue 3 would cause uncertainty for businesses who drug test employees. He said members also were concerned about the effects it could have on workplace safety and employee productivity.

The group ResponsibleOhio, which backs Issue 3, said that employers could still maintain their rights to establish drug-free policies.

The chamber has endorsed Issue 2, a measure that seeks to ban monopolies from being added to the Ohio Constitution. It's already backed Issue 1, which would overhaul the way Ohio draws state legislative districts.