A Democrat lawmaker made a fresh attempt, May 2, to legalize marijuana in Ohio.
Like Colorado’s Amendment 64, House Joint Resolution 6 would allow Ohioans 21 and older to possess, purchase, and cultivate marijuana for recreational purposes. House Bill 153, on the other hand, seeks to legalize medical cannabis for people with severe conditions.
Hagan believes that America’s “war on drugs” is lost when it comes to marijuana. He said many people are ending up in jail for marijuana use when they should be receiving treatment.
“With billions upon billions spent on the war on drugs with little progress to show for it, it is time for more sensible drug policy in this country,” Rep. Hagan told WTAM 1100.
Hagan added that if marijuana is taxed like alcohol, the revenue “could go a long way in restoring cuts to public education and our local governments.”
For people with debilitating conditions, legalizing cannabis is seen as a sort of relief so they can at least function well enough in their daily lives. If House Joint Resolution 6 is passed, qualified patients will have to be registered with the Ohio Department of Health and receive a prescription from their physicians that states their condition merits the use of medical marijuana.
“In addition to the studies that show marijuana to be a valuable treatment option for chronic pain, nausea and seizure disorders, I have heard countless stories of how cannabis has made a difference in the lives of people who are sick or dying,” Hagan said. “This is an issue that receives overwhelming support from Americans – Democrats, Republicans and Independents. It is time for Ohio to pass medicinal marijuana and stop punishing people who are sick and in pain.”