Residents react to potential recreational marijuana initiative

Miami Valley News

A proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio is one step closer to reality.

It could even been on ballots in 2019. 

For recreational marijuana to make it on ballots in 2019, supporters need to gather more than 300,000 signatures from 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties. 

This is same movement failed on statewide ballots in 2015. 

“It obviously means there are a lot of people who want it to be legal. It might just be the people who would profit from growing it. I hope not!” said Joyce George a Dayton resident.

The proposed initiative would allow Ohioan’s age 21 and older to posses, grow, use and sell marijuana. 

There isn’t a maybe option on the ballot and that’s where some residents stand. 

“I would rather someone use marijuana than a lot of other drugs like opioids that are causing people to become horrible addicts and die,” said one resident. 

If recreational marijuana makes it on the ballot with enough signatures, some residents plan to go the same route they went in 20-15. 

“It takes away your drive. Your enthusiasm. You are trying to hire people to go to work, they can care less if they come or if they are late. We have enough problems here as it is,” said Ray Walker, a Dayton resident. 

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