Mahoning County Commissioner weighs in on Issue 3

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Of all the issues to be decided in next month’s General Election, few are stirring as much discussion and debate as State Issue 3.

The law, which would change the Ohio Constitution, permits legalized use of marijuana, as well as specifies where it can be grown in the state for sale. Under State Issue 3, those over the age of 21 could use, possess and share a small portion of marijuana, but only 10 facilities would have exclusive rights to commercial production of the drug.

Mahoning County Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, who has a background working as a social worker and counselor, said he worries that the drug will ultimately get into the hands of children if it is legalized.

“They talk about how they’re going to tweak the potency in these labs, how they grow it to increase the strength in various ways. That, to me, is scary,” he said. “It’s like a mad scientist. I don’t think we’re ready for it.”

While Traficanti said he could see a limited use for marijuana, if it is specifically prescribed for medical use only, he told WKBN that he opposes more widespread recreations use.

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