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Sponsors Of Bill To Legalize Marijuana Are Doing Town Halls On Zoom To Talk About Their Plan

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Jo Ingles
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Statehouse News Bureau
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Two Democratic State House members held a town hall last night.

The sponsors of a bill to legalize marijuana are doing online town halls, listening to Ohioans’ concerns about it.

About 70 people listened online as Democratic Representatives Terrence Upchurch (D-Cleveland) and Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson) explained their bill that would allow cultivation and possession of marijuana and the taxation of it for schools, infrastructure, and public health. The last time Ohioans had the chance to legalize marijuana, concerns were raised about public safety but Weinstein says legalization makes communities safer.

“Really what this does is it frees up law enforcement resources to focus on more violent crime so it really has the direct opposite impact," Weinstein says.

Eighteen states have legalized marijuana and another 13 have decriminalized its use. There’s also an effort to take the issue to voters. Critics have complained Ohio’s medical marijuana program is too hard to access and too expensive.

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