Ohio Supreme Court Justice In Favor of Full-On Marijuana Legalization

Current member of the Ohio Supreme Court, William O'Neill, recently gave a speech in which he addressed his stance on marijuana and the recent presidential election. O'Neill is long-known to be the Ohio Supreme Court's liberal voice, and during this speech, he claimed he was in favor of full-on marijuana legalization for the state. "The time has come for new thinking. We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass." said O'Neill. He also wants to release "all non-violent marijuana offenders" from prison. 

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Ohio Supreme Court Justice William M. O'Neill

The current govenor of the state, John Kasich, on the other hand has given a flip-flop of answers regarding the issue. According to the Sun Times, when Kasich was interviewed live on Detroit's WWJ Newsradio morning show with Tom Jordan and Roberta Jasina and asked whehere he stands on marijuana legalization at the federal level. The governor answered that he is "definitely opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes." Things seemed to get heated from this point on, as Jasina asked Kasich "Did you ever smoke it?" Kasich responded with "I mean, I did smoke marijuana. But let me ask you this, what is the relevance of what I might have done 30 years ago?" In another event, Kasich was hesitant to have the marijuana discussion, preferring instead to let the legislature sort out a conservative medical marijuana bill for him to sign. 

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Governor John Kasich

The state of Ohio is currently going through a tough position. There are combating ideas and states of mind on whether marijuana should be completely legalized. But O'Neill plans on running for governor of Ohio, and with his stance on marijuana, it certainly sets him on a more progressive campaign trail.