Public education groups oppose Ohio’s pot legalization

FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at a Minnesota Medical Solutions greenhouse in Otsego, Minn. A southeastern Illinois company says it has started growing medical marijuana and may be the first in the state to do so. Officials at Ataraxia in the Edwards County city of Albion, Ill., said Monday, July 13, 2015 that they received state authorization July 10, and have started cultivating the genetic strains that will be the basis of their products. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators and Ohio Association of School Business Officials announced their opposition to legalizing marijuana Monday, according to a press release.

The public education groups said they share the concern of Ohio’s children’s hospitals that approving State Issue 3 would threaten the health and safety of young people and have a negative impact on student achievement.

“As a proposed constitutional amendment, Issue 3 poses a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ choice to Ohioans,” said OSBA Executive Director Richard Lewis. “This sends the wrong message to young people and poses an actual danger, as has been reported in other states that have legalized marijuana.”

The Green Party also expressed a desire to see the issue voted down.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced earlier in August that a marijuana amendment would appear on the November ballot.

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