Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill voiced his support for the full legalization and taxation of marijuana in Ohio. He’ll be running for Governor in 2018. The potential tax revenues that recreational marijuana can bring are attractive.
Justice O’Neill also supports releasing non-violent marijuana offenders from the state’s prison system, according to Cleveland Scene. John Kasich, Ohio’s current Governor, isn’t so keen on discussing full legalization. He doesn’t support recreational marijuana and left it up to the legislature to create an acceptable medical marijuana bill.
O’Neill said, “The time has come for new thinking. We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass.”
O’Neill is on a progressive campaign trail with 18-months to go before the gubernatorial election takes place. The state is still trying to figure out its medical marijuana program. Throughout the state, curiosity and resistance both exist when it comes to marijuana, whether it is recreational or medicinal.
The City of Cleveland is considering lifting its marijuana moratorium that is set to expire in October.