voters could decide whether to legalize marijuana and tax it like alcohol.
Democratic State Representative Robert Hagan of Youngstown is sponsoring the bill.
This isn't the first time the state has
looked into legalizing marijuana, but the question is, will this latest attempt
gain enough support to see it pass?
poll shows Americans are growing more comfortable with the idea of marijuana
Rep. Hagan's newest proposal is similar to an amendment passed
in Colorado. Voters would decide whether it's okay to allow adults 21 and older
to purchase marijuana from state-licensed establishments.
Hagan believes the
revenue generated by a 15% state excise tax could help restore cuts to
education and local government.
Rob Ryan is part of a group that seeks to
reform marijuana laws, and he says the drug isn't even as dangerous as alcohol
and regulating it will make it safer.
However, Mary Haag with the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati says this is dangerous because she says marijuana is
"We need not to pass this type
of legislation. Marijuana directly impacts learning, memory, thinking, and I
don't think we want to go down that path," said Haag.
Local resident Bob Ryan disagrees.
"It will be far safer. People would know what they're
getting. There will be product labeling. We have no oversight. We have no
product labeling. It's fully in control by the thugs and the criminals," argued Ryan.
bill lacks support from the majority of Republicans. It will take a 3/5 vote for the legislature to put this on the November ballot.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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