BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH – The debate on legalizing marijuana continues.
Just one day after a group pushing to legalize weed filed a new version of a proposal to get it passed, there is now a growing movement to stop them in their tracks.
The organization Responsible Ohio, has raised more than 35 million dollars to put the controversial topic on the November ballot.
And just this week, resubmitted a new version of its proposal to Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine.
Bolander says, “We know that marijuana is in our communities now, we know that it’s accessible, but it’s not safe.”
But opponents say making it legal would be just as dangerous.
Derek Siegle, the director of the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, a federally funded grant program which supports drug tasks forces, says making marijuana legal would wipe out efforts to keep kids drug free, and encourage drug abuse, among other things.
“We hear it put out there that this is for the elderly and sick, well about 70 percent of medical marijuana cardholders in Colorado and Phoenix has seen the same, are white males under the age of 40,” said Siegle.
Siegle also says claims of generating more tax revenues are false. Supporters disagree.
“Marijuana will be here regardless of what the political policies are, regardless of what the public conversation is, and rather than sticking our heads in the sand, it’s time to figure out what we can do to make a more productive public policy,” said Bolander.
The amendment to the proposal calls for adults 21-and-over to be able to buy marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, and to grow up to four plants at home.
It also proposes 10 commercial grow sites around the state.
The Attorney General’s office has ten days to respond to the latest petition and by next week, Ohioans should know one way or the other if voters will have the final say.