The Mike DeWine government says Ohio should not legalize recreational marijuana despite the legalization movement in neighboring states. But a Cincinnati legislator says it’s only a matter of time before legalization arrives in Ohio.

Amy Wolfinbarger says it’s time for Ohio to legalize recreational marijuana. In fact Wolfinbarger founded Sensible Norwood, which helped write a prescription that decriminalizes small amounts of marijuana.

The state of Ohio is definitely being left behind, not just the state of Ohio; the citizens of Ohio are being left behind also. Wolfinbarger said.

This week, DeWine said on Ohio Public Radio, “It would really be a mistake for Ohio, by law, to say that adult marijuana is just okay.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t agree with what the majority of its voters think,” Wolfinbarger said.

State Senator Cecil Thomas agrees with Wolfinbarger. Thomas says legislators should explore the benefits of legalization before simply saying no.

When you start seeing what’s going on with all our neighboring states and we’re sitting there, I mean the writing is on the wall. It’s going to happen, so let’s start looking now so we don’t try to catch up,” Thomas said.

Thomas pointed out that Ohio could make a lot of money by legalizing marijuana. Illinois legalized marijuana on January 1, and so far its sales have been $3.2 million. Michigan legalized marijuana on December 1 and has had sales of $8.2 million since then.

That’s a lot of extra money that could go into potholes to fund schools,” Wolfinbarger said.

We can use those dollars to do a lot more for our state,” Thomas said.

A Research study shows that two-thirds of Americans say marijuana use should be legal. The proportion of U.S. adults who oppose legalization nationwide has increased from 52% in 2010 to 32 % today.

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