By Meghan Matthews
Saturday August 29, 2015 6:13 PM
WORTHINGTON, Ohio – This weekend in Columbus companies are giving people a glimpse of how the marijuana industry could lead to jobs in the state. At a career fair in Worthington the talk is all about pot. Organizers of the Cannabazaar and Career Fair say it is all about education, especially with the marijuana issue appearing on the ballot this November.
Kevin Spitler owns Toledo Hemp Center. He came from Toledo to set up his table. He’s at the Cannabazaar and Career Fair to sell hemp products. His booth is one of about a dozen in the Double Tree Hotel in Worthington.
“I think there’s a lot of interest in this industry now, and with it being more a business entrepreneur setting I think it’s going to bring a lot more support into it,” Spitler said.
Marijuana and hemp companies, owners, suppliers, and manufacturers came from all over to educate Ohioans about the pot business. ComfyTree Enterprises says Ohio is one stop along the way. The company travels from state to state throwing events like this one. With the group is Tiffany Bowden. She says they stopped in Columbus for a reason.
“This is specifically because of the November ballot issue, in a sense of we want people to be informed about what’s going on in the market and be able to choose the industry that they want to participate in from a knowledgeable stand point,” Bowden said.
Marijuana legalization in Ohio will be put to a vote come November. The group Responsible Ohio collected enough signatures to get it on the ballot. Issue 3 would allow adults over 21 to buy put, and allow medicinal use for kids with parental consent. Commercial marijuana could only be grown at 10 sites owned by investors.
“What if we had ten breweries brewing all the different alcohols?” Spitler said.
Most vendors at the career fair are for legalization, though they do not support Issue 3. Spitler is one of them.
“We wouldn’t have our local micro-breweries that are actually helping stimulate the economy as well. The local entrepreneurs, that want to open up and supply the city. You know that’s what we’re missing with Responsible Ohio,” he said.
Responsible Ohio this week asked the State Supreme Court to change the wording of the amendment that will appear on the ballot. The group says it’s misleading when it comes to where pot would be sold.