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Words You’ll Hear: ‘Marijuana Monopoly’

Words You’ll Hear: ‘Marijuana Monopoly’

Michel Martin takes a look at the phrase “marijuana monopoly.” It’s an idea at the heart of the debate over Ohio’s marijuana legalization initiative, which is on the ballot this week.


Now we turn to our feature Words You’ll Hear. That’s where we highlight one of the big stories of the coming week by parsing one or two of the words associated with it. For this week’s conversation, it’s actually a phrase – marijuana monopoly. Now, I know that sounds like an unauthorized version of a popular board game, but it is not. It’s actually an idea at the heart of the debate over whether to legalize marijuana in Ohio. We’re talking about it because the issue is on the ballot this coming week. Lewis Wallace is an economics reporter with WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and he’s with us now to tell us all about it. Lewis, thanks so much for joining us.

LEWIS WALLACE, BYLINE: Thanks for having me.

MARTIN: So to begin with, what’s a marijuana monopoly? It just – I mean – I’m not trying to be mean but actually kind of sounds like a drug cartel?

WALLACE: Right, so the idea that this is a monopoly is itself a little bit controversial. But basically, the way this marijuana amendment would work if it passes is that it would grant growing rights to just 10 groups of investors in Ohio. So there would only be 10 growing sites in the state, and groups of wealthy investors already have the rights to those sites, meaning nobody else – your small farmer couldn’t sort of step in and become a part of this, at least not until quite a bit later.

MARTIN: What’s the logic of that? Why?

WALLACE: The idea, according to ResponsibleOhio, which is the group sponsoring this amendment, is one, to make it easier to just regulate and track all the marijuana that’s grown in the state, and two because they needed somebody to bankroll this campaign. And so they signed up this group of investors early on. They’re planning to spend $20 million by the time Tuesday is up.

MARTIN: Investors – I understand that there are some interesting names associated with this.

WALLACE: Right, so these 10 groups are really kind of amazing. They include people like former NBA star Oscar Robertson, NFL player Frostee Rucker, Nick Lachey from the boy band 98 Degrees. There’s a couple of people in Cincinnati who are relatives of the late-President William H. Taft, all of whom are part of investing in this marijuana initiative in Ohio.

MARTIN: How likely is the passage of this amendment? What are people saying about it? Where’s public opinion going on this?

WALLACE: The most recent poll that I looked at from the University of Akron shows that it’s basically a neck-and-neck race, and there’s about 8 percent of voters still undecided. So it’s really going to depend on those folks to pass Issue 3.

MARTIN: That’s what it’s called – Issue 3 – that’s where it is on the ballot. So where are the political alliances shaking out on this?

WALLACE: Well, we have our traditional marijuana legalization opponents – chambers of commerce, a lot of Republican legislators. And then we have our traditional marijuana legalization proponents, like people who are really into medical marijuana feel like this is a really important initiative. Then there’s a lot of people that fall in this weird in-between place. So there are some Republicans who are part of this kind of getting in at the ground level investment process with this marijuana initiative. And there are some pretty far to the left marijuana advocates who think this is the wrong way to do it, that it shouldn’t be a monopoly or an oligopoly that’s limited to certain growers. And so they don’t want to pass this particular amendment.

MARTIN: So not to get too far into the weeds, what’s the significance to the nationwide effort to legalize marijuana? Obviously, a lot of people are taking a look at this outside of the state. Why is that?

WALLACE: Ohio would be the most populous state to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. It would also be the first state to do it in this way, where it kind of comes out of the gate saying we’re really only going to allow certain people in on the ground floor in terms of growing rights. So that’s where this marijuana monopoly concept is really important. And if it does pass, I think we will be hearing about it a lot because it kind of sets a different precedent than other marijuana legalization efforts in other states.

MARTIN: Lewis Wallace is an economics reporter with WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, telling us about marijuana monopolies. Lewis Wallace, thanks so much for speaking with us.

WALLACE: Thank you.

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Michel Martin takes a look at the phrase "marijuana monopoly." It’s an idea at the heart of the debate over Ohio’s marijuana legalization initiative, which is on the ballot this week.

Retro Marijuana Board Game, Pot Luck, Returns with Kickstarter Campaign

A board game where you can buy, sell, and deal pot to become the wealthiest dealer right in your own living room.

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PHOENIX , Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kapcar Productions announces it has launched a Kickstarter campaign to revive the hit game, Pot Luck. Created in 1979, Pot Luck sold over 12,000 copies worldwide during its first year.

Kapcar seeks a minimum funding goal of $10,000 with various rewards offered to backers at tiered pledge levels. The Kickstarter campaign will reintroduce this popular retro favorite back into the market, which is now primed for cannabis themed games.

“Pot Luck was a game created before its time,” said co-creator, Robbie Kaplan , “as society just wasn’t ready to accept pot as mainstream in 1980. Today, with the widespread legalization of marijuana, and renewed interest in retro games, we felt it was time to bring this favorite back.”

*Playboy Magazine wrote in their June 1980 article, “Going to Pot Luck” – “Somebody had to do it; create a game similar to Monopoly in which the players wheel and deal with quantities of marijuana rather than real estate.”

*Atlanta Constitution, Howard Posner , Nov. 22, 1979 – “Just in time to be the season’s jolly hit gag gift, Pot Luck will likely monopolize the Christmas Marketplace.”

Kickstarter Pledge Rewards

Potluck offers various rewards to its backers, US shipping included:

  • “The Dope$1 or more: A digital download of 22 color pictures of the pot title cards and the digital download of the original feature in Playboy magazine from June 1980 .
  • “The Wheeler Dealer” $49 or more: One game which includes a colorful, artistic board, 16 Far-Out cards, 16 Burn-Me-Out cards, 22 Pot Title cards, Pot Luck money, 6 game tokens, pounds and bales, 2 dice, instructions.
  • The Pusher Man” $89 or more: Two complete games, ready to play.
  • “The Tony Montana ” $129 or more: Receive three games and a chance to win one of the remaining original copies of the Pot Luck game from 1979. a retro treasure.

How to Play

The game begins with each player on the Straight Spot space. Each time a player passes the Straight Spot, players receive an additional $500 in play money. Players are encouraged to grow their assets by purchasing marijuana title cards in pot varieties like Colombian, Jamaican, Hawaiian, etc., and charging “toking fees” for other players who land on owned pot spaces. Landing on “dealing squares” allows players to buy, sell, broker or trade with any other player or players.

There are multiple opportunities to make and lose money, with hilarious landing spaces like “Getting the Munchies,” Running into the Law” or simply “Flying Too High.” Players may also earn extra play money by drawing a “Far Out” card, or be forced to put money in a central pot by drawing a “Bum Me Out” card.

About Pot Luck

Pot Luck originally launched with great fanfare in 1979 by two friends. It was headed for great success, even winning the Best New Product Award, at the 1979 Chicago Gift Show. Unfortunately, during the early 1980’s, the timing from Nancy Reagan’s “JUST SAY NO” campaign forced all marijuana based businesses to close.

Over the past four decades, Pot Luck has become one of the holy grails of the retro-gaming collectors’ movement, with original collectible copies now being offered for sale for over $400 on eBay and Amazon.

Now, society has changed. Pot is mainstream, and the world is ready for this exciting marijuana themed game, Pot Luck.

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Media Contact: Robbie Kaplan , 480-216-6860

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