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Executive Officeholders Asked About Support For Medical Marijuana - And If They've Used Pot

The Ohio AP's Julie Carr-Smyth (center) moderates a panel with (l-r) Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine
The Ohio AP's Julie Carr-Smyth (center) moderates a panel with (l-r) Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost and Attorney General Mike DeWine

The four top elected officeholders in Ohio took questions together today at an annual event with reporters. And they were asked whether they support legislation for medical marijuana.

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

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