An Ohio supreme court justice who is taking a run for governor has called for the legalization of marijuana.
William O’Neill, the only Democrat who serves as an Ohio statewide office, said legalising marijuana in Ohio would garner hundreds of millions in sales taxes. Legalising marijuana is already functioning in Colorado.
Reopen newtwork of hospitals
O’Neill announced earlier this year he is looking forward to running for governor, yet he will not porbably take a step forward until later this year.
O’Neill has passed his coming decisions over in a speech that discussed the legalisation of marijuana and hinted at last year’s presidential election results as well. Not only was O’Neill looking forward to legalising marijuana but also setting all non-violent marijuana offenders free.
Those two things would draw around $350m to both take a stand against drug addiction and establish a mental health organisation led by the state, he told members of the Wayne county Democratic party on Friday night.
“The time has come for new thinking. We regulate and tax alcohol and tobacco and imprison people for smoking grass,” O’Neill stated.
Democratic aspirations in Ohio
O’Neill passed several ideas over through which the Democratic Party can have the potentials to draw voters and to take over Ohio which is deliberately controlled by Republican officials.
He addressed Ohio department of mental health to reopen the state’s hospital that were shut down for decades and he makes a plea of changing the way the state’s hospitals deal with addiction.
“Treat addiction like the disease it is in the name of compassion,” he said.
Democrats who are taking runs for governor are the Dayton mayor, Nan Whaley, former congresswoman Betty Sutton, former state legislators Connie Pillich and Joe Schiavoni.
On the other hand, Republicans who are making a run are congressman Jim Renacci and the Ohio secretary of state, Jon Husted. However, the lieutenant governor, Mary Taylor, and the state attorney general, Mike DeWine, are expected to run for the GOP elections.