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Ohio Chamber of Commerce Announces Opposition to Legal Marijuana

The organization joins other business groups denouncing the initiative

Saying legalizing marijuana would make it more difficult to find employees, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to Issue 2 on the November ballot.

The chamber becomes the second statewide business or industry group to oppose legalizing marijuana.

"Today an overwhelming majority of the Ohio Chamber Board of Directors voted in favor of the organization opposing Issue 2," said Ohio Chamber President & CEO Steve Stivers. "Data has shown that states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana experience increased absenteeism and workplace injuries. At a time when Ohio companies are struggling to fill open positions, the legalization of recreational marijuana would exacerbate our current workforce shortages. The Ohio Chamber stands ready to work with stakeholders and legislators to ensure the business community's voice is heard on this issue."

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