Ohio Attorney General continues anti-pot message after visit to Colorado

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CLEVELAND- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says he just returned from meeting with officials in Colorado, and he received the same message regarding legalizing pot.

"Their message to me, to take back to Ohio is don't do it," DeWine said.

Colorado is one of a handful of states that has legalized marijuana, and DeWine, a long-time opponent of legalization, said what he learned surprised him and re-enforced his position.

For example, DeWine said more than 40 percent of the sales of legal marijuana in Colorado are in the forms of candies or cookies. He said that puts children more at risk.

He said he met with doctors, police and educators who said legalization is "a real mistake."

DeWine said emergency room visits in Colorado for children are up and so are arrests for driving while high on pot.

Ohio voters will decide Issue 3 in November, which seeks to legalize marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes in Ohio.

If approved, individuals could grow up to four plants at home for personal use, but the law would limit commercial sales to 10 grow sites, which are owned by the investors who put up the $20 million to fund the campaign to legalize pot.

The organization behind the campaign, ResponsibleOhio, said DeWine met with "the few marijuana prohibitionists left" in Colorado and he's now touring Ohio "touting his misleading message."

ResponsibleOhio said DeWine doesn't mention the nearly $90 million in tax revenue so far this year from marijuana sales in Colorado, nor did he talk to Colorado's governor, who it said once opposed legalization, "but has since come around as a supporter."

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