DeWine Opposes Marijuana Legalization; Advocates Respond
Ohio's Governor says he remains opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
Governor Mike DeWine was adamantly opposed to the marijuana legalization plan that was on the ballot in 2015. And the fact that neighboring states are allowing it hasn’t changed his mind now.
“It would really be a mistake for Ohio, by legislation, to say that marijuana for adults is just ok.”
Dewine says he’s concerned legalization would hurt the health of younger people. And he says marijuana grown today is more potent than it was 40 or 50 years ago. Groups that want to legalize marijuana in Ohio have tried several times but have not been able to get the support they need to get the issue back on the statewide ballot.
Matthew Schweich with the Marijuana Policy Project disagrees with DeWine's stance:
Schweich says regulating marijuana allows states to establish potency limits and ensure consistent sales and packaging. Schweich says recreational sales could be an economic driver, noting Ohio's medical marijuana program has sold over 56 million dollars worth of products:
A November, 2018 Pew Research Center poll found 32 percent of Americans oppose marijuana legalization, compared with 52 percent in 2010.