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Today, I take a look at how Issue 2, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, could potentially impact small businesses. Many entrepreneurs as well as those trying to break into the marijuana industry believe passage of the ballot issue would help them. The subject of small businesses has been left out of the debate around the issue. 

As Signal Cleveland’s economics reporter, I’m always looking beyond the headlines to see how small businesses and minority entrepreneurs are affected by changes. 

Many small businesses, including those that are Black-owned, say they haven’t benefited from the medical marijuana industry but think the legalization of recreational marijuana holds promise.

I talked to some who say that they have not fully benefited from the 2016 legalization of medical marijuana. I also found some who are hopeful that Issue 2 will give them a greater foothold in the marijuana industry, which is big business and dominated by corporate companies. 

I hope you take the time to learn about their stories.

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The economics of legalizing marijuana

Economics Reporter (she/her)
Olivera, an award-winning journalist, covered labor, employment and workforce issues for several years at The Plain Dealer. She broke the story in 2013 of a food drive held for Walmart workers who made too little to afford Thanksgiving dinner. Olivera has received state and national awards for her coverage, including those from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW). She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Olivera believes the sweet spot of high-impact journalism is combining strong storytelling with data analysis.