Columbus Businesses Consider Applying for License to Sell Pot


The election is 3 weeks away, but 10TV has learned some businesses are already beginning the process to sell marijuana.

Voters will decide on November 3rd whether to legalize marijuana in Ohio.

If approved marijuana would be grown on 10 preapproved sites across the state. It would be sold in stores through a special permit.

ResponsibleOhio, the group behind Issue 3, says more than 4,000 people are already asking for more information about this permit. Some businesses are still considering if selling pot is something they want to do.

"I pride my store on locally made items," The Hippie Hut Owner Scott Sanzoni said.

At 1359 North High Street you'll find a little bit of everything.

"We've got all your smoking accessories, we do custom t-shirts, stickers, banners," Sanzoni said.

Inside The Hippie Hut, Scott Sanzoni and his pup Miss Eleanor are closing up shop for the night. Sanzoni says business has been good on his Short North corner, but come November he could be fighting for customers.

"I disagree with it. I don't like the angle that's being taken with it. But with that being said, a step forward, is a step forward. I think if it does pass, you know us as retailers are going to be forced to do something," Sanzoni said.

The group ResponsibleOhio is behind the idea. If passed, the group says anyone who wants to sell, manufacture, process or grow pot has to apply for a license.

ResponsibleOhio says it has received more than 4,000 requests for license information already.

"If it were to pass, yes I would apply for a license," Sanzoni says.

Sanzoni says his hut could take a hit if he didn't.

"I think by not doing so there's going to be other upstart businesses that are going to apply for the license, and they're going to be selling it. And if I don't I won't, and that could cost me."

None of this happens if Issue 3 fails. ResponsibleOhio says if it passes, the state would have to form a marijuana control commission.

The commission would approve licenses for new and existing businesses.


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