Ohio AG DeWine says trip to Colorado raises new marijuana concerns

Ohio Attorney General: Mike DeWine

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has returned to the state after a recent business trip to Colorado. DeWine says he went to Colorado to learn about the consequences of marijuana legalization and how to implement the law if amendment three passes.

DeWine says law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and educators all told him the same thing. He says, “The message was really clear. And that message was you guys are crazy if you bring this to Ohio. You guys are just crazy.”

Passing amendment three would mean marijuana could legally be consumed by any Ohioan above age 21. DeWine added, “The marijuana of the 60s and 70s was very different than this marijuana. This marijuana basically carries a much bigger wallop. THC content is significantly higher.”

ResponsibleOhio executive director Ian James says this is even more reason to legalize marijuana. Passing amendment three would allow for the regulation of pot and require labels so consumers know how potent each product might be. James explains “Why wouldn’t you want to regulate it? What you’re doing right now is actually failing to provide consumers any indication of what they’re consuming.”

Ultimately Ohio voters will decide marijuana’s fate. Attorney General DeWine says he will be ready if amendment passes, “We have started thinking in my office about what’s going to happen if in fact this happens. What we will have to do and how we will advise law enforcement.”

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