YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio voters will decide in November whether or not to legalize marijuana. Not everyone is thrilled with the idea. Wednesday, the Secretary of State certified petitions for Responsible Ohio’s proposal to legalize pot.
The state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Mike DeWine, does not think it’s the best thing for Ohio. “I think it’s a bad idea to have recreational use of marijuana. I think it will change Ohio. It will be a different state. When people look at what’s going on in Colorado, they’re not going to like what they see. They’re going to see the number of kids that have gone to the emergency rooms, little kids, who have eaten a brownie that had marijuana in it, eating a cookie that had marijuana in it.”
The proposed constitutional amendment would allow anyone 21 and up to enjoy personal use of the drug, and medicinal use for anyone as long as there is a parental permission for those under 18.
Angela McClellan is director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Mahoning County. She says,”What we’re urging and what we’ve urged from the very beginning is that more research be done. There are definitely groups that are pushing for the medical use of marijuana and we say research, research, research.”
The proposal also gives 10 sites in the state the exclusive right to grow marijuana.