Local health officials say legalizing recreational pot is dangerous

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thursday, local health agencies gathered to discuss what they see as a potential harm to the community due to state Issue 3, which would legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use.

Representatives from Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), and local law enforcement say the drug can have dangerous effects, particularly with children.

“We know that we have a heroin epidemic,” one panel member said. “Do we sign on to have a marijuana epidemic to match that?”

Others expressed concerns with how quickly ResponsibleOhio’s amendment proposal thrusts Ohio into a new realm where the drug would be legalized immediately for both medical and recreational use. If passed, Ohio would be the first state to do so.

“Why should Ohio be the first state in the midwest to rush into this? What if 10 or 15 years from now, we discover that this was a total disaster,” an opponent questioned?

In about 2 weeks, the voters will have the final say.

Election Day is November 3. For more information about the state and local issues on the ballot, click here.

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