Cannabis Extraction Equipment Supplier Andy Joseph is Super-Critical of Ohio's Legalization Plan

Andy Joseph, founder of Johnstown-based Apeks LLC (courtesy of Columbus Business First)
Andy Joseph, founder of Johnstown-based Apeks LLC (courtesy of Columbus Business First)

Andy Joseph’s business making botanical-oil extraction equipment is on track to exceed $13 million in sales this year – up from $750,000 just three years ago – all because of legalized marijuana in other states.

Johnstown-based Apeks Supercritical is the second-fastest growing company in Central Ohio and the top finisher of any Ohio company on this year’s Inc. 500 list.

Joseph strongly opposes the Issue 3 marijuana initiative on the statewide ballot in November. He predicts the proposed constitutional amendment could be a “disaster” for the marijuana industry in Ohio, and even set it back in other states.

Joseph told Columbus Business First that he’s breaking ranks with about a half-dozen other Ohio businesses that are doing well supplying and serving the marijuana industry in other states. A growing list of business, law enforcement and medical groups have opposed the ballot initiative – but Ohio “potpreneurs” have been staying neutral.

It’s risky for me to come out here and say, ‘Hey, I don’t agree.’ I just can’t sit back anymore and let a constitutional hijacking happen just for the opportunity for business gain.

Read Carrie Ghose’s “EXCLUSIVE: Ohio’s fastest-growing potpreneur calls Issue 3 ‘a recipe for disaster'”:

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