Top Ohio Officials Field Questions About Medical Marijuana

Left to right: Jon Husted, Josh Mandel, Dave Yost and Mike DeWine
Left to right: Jon Husted, Josh Mandel, Dave Yost and Mike DeWine (Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau)
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by Karen Kasler

Four of Ohio’s top elected officeholders answered questions about medical marijuana at an annual event with reporters Thursday.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said he’s offered lawmakers a list of what other states are doing on medical marijuana, and Auditor Dave Yost says he doesn’t think a lot of studies are needed to come up with some legislation soon.

Then they were asked if they’d ever used marijuana, and if they had, when was the last time.

DeWine answered “No.”

Yost said, “Yes, probably 1978 – that’s a guess.”

Treasurer Josh Mandel said he hadn’t, but had he’d heard speculation about the answer to this question in the future: “It’ll be folks who didn’t smoke pot in college lying about the fact that they did.”

And then Secretary of State Jon Husted admitted: “Yes, 1989.”

Husted said if lawmakers don’t pass something soon, he fears another ballot issue on pot will come forward.

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