Marijuana forum held in Beavercreek

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – A public forum was held in Beavercreek Thursday night, debating whether to legalize marijuana for both recreational and medicinal purposes.

This is the third community forum on the issue in less than two weeks. Parties on both sides taking an active approach to making sure you know exactly what is at stake.

A panel of six took the stage at Main Elementary, consisting of a promoter of the healthy use of marijuana, medical doctors, a law enforcer, economist and a lawyer. Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine. All answering questions voters have before they hit the booths in less than two weeks.

Carol Swift of Washington Township attended the forum.

“I have ballots at home, I have absentee ballots waiting to be voted and so hopefully tonight this will make my decision,” Swift said.

The former nurse said she is against the recreational use of marijuana, but supports medicinal use.

” But, it’s all wrapped up in one issue,” said Swift.

Beavercreek residents David and Faye Paul said they’re against marijuana period.

“I just think it’s the wrong thing to do,” said Faye Paul.

The couple, attending the forum to hear from both sides and to get more familiar with the issues. They fear if others don’t do the same the next few days, people could mistakenly check the wrong box on the ballot.

“The way it’s worded, people are going to read it, be confused and they won’t know which way to vote,” David Paul said.

In separate polls released this week by the University of Akron and Bowling Green University, the state appears to be divided.

University of Akron’s study found an even split, 46 to 46 percent with 8 percent undecided.

Bowling Green University’s study found 44.4 percent in support and 42.9 percent opposed the legalization of marijuana with 12.7 percent of voters unsure.

2 NEWS asked Attorney General Mike DeWine what he thinks.

“I don’t think we can tell whether issue three will pass or not. The proponents of it have put up $25 million. That’s a lot of advertising, we’re seeing it on tv all the time so I think when you have that much money there’s a possibility this could actually pass,” said DeWine.

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