Tuesday, September 01, 2015
ONLA Board Resolution In Support of Issue 2
and In Opposition to Issue 3
WHEREAS, the Ohio General Assembly, by passage of House Joint Resolution 4, has placed a constitutional amendment on the 2015 Ohio General Election ballot that would “prohibit an initiated constitutional amendment that would grant a monopoly, oligopoly, or cartel, specify or determine a tax rate, or confer a commercial interest, right, or license to any person or nonpublic entity” known as Issue 2; and,
WHEREAS, a proposed constitutional amendment known as Issue 3 has qualified for the 2015 Ohio General Election ballot would legalize medical and recreational marijuana and grant 10 monopolistic growing licenses to those financing its campaign; and,
WHEREAS, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association takes an interest on matters of statewide importance, in that they impact free-market competition and affect the business climate, and,
WHEREAS, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and its members have a long-held dedication to work place safety and drug-free work places and have a profound belief that measures promoting recreational marijuana compromise workplace safety; and,
WHEREAS, if passed, Issue 3 would make Ohio the first state to simultaneously legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana thus creating an unprecedented and severe economic, enforcement and administrative challenge for Ohio; and,
WHEREAS, the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association is comprised of family owned businesses who are concerned about the impact of recreational use of marijuana and its potential negative impact on the health of children and youth.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Directors of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, that:
SECTION 1: The board supports the proposed Ohio constitutional amendment known as Issue 2 that would bar the constitutional creation of business monopolies for the benefit of individuals.
SECTION 2: On the basis of a profound allegiance to family and workplace safety, the board opposes the proposed Ohio constitutional amendment known as Issue 3 that would legalize a monopolistic enterprise for growing marijuana and legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana.
Mike Dues, President
Ohio Nursery and Landscape Assn
Roni Petersen, ONLA Membership & Certification Manager
September 1, 2015