A proposed Ohio ballot issue this fall would possibly legalize marijuana. Several ballot issues are being considered for Ohio voters to decide, one of which involves the legalization of marijuana in the state. Locally, all area law enforcement agencies have come out against the proposed legalization, saying that they all believe pot use leads to the use of other drugs, calling marijuana a gateway drug. The Crescent News reports that Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick is “adamantly opposed” to legalizing marijuana in Ohio, saying “It’s a hallucinogenic used only for one purpose … to get high.” Some law enforcement officers say they believe legal marijuana would promote more use, thus requiring more treatment for abusers and little savings for taxpayers footing the bill for rehab.
As for medicinal marijuana, well some officers are a little softer on the issue, saying that it probably should be considered. They remain strictly opposed however, to legalization of any form of smoking marijuana.