Now that I no longer indulge -
I don' know if this will make Ohio a tourist destination, as Canada is decriminalizing -
but the tax revenues should help the economy...
No doubt that the economy has been so depressed in Ohio that people have been self medicating with opiates. I call them "too-good", and they just make things worse - you end up with the problems you had and a new big one.
While Kasich talks about opiate diversions from medical use, based on the volumes that I've seen here in Ohio, I strongly suspect that overseas factories are involved in the supply. The heroin that the distribution chains also supply certainly does.
Thus my estimate is that the DEA has been remiss in fulfilling its duties in this regard, and left the state of Ohio open to being victimized by these foreign predators.
Here is Kaich's view on de-criminalizing marijuana. Note that he keeps talking about "drugs", making no distinction between marijuana and opiates. (Language is the first thing to go.)
The current estimate is that legalizing pot will bring some $554 million in revenues to the state, but that may be low or high. What the general effect on the economy will be is currently unknown. Looking at Colorado or Washington's experience may be indicative in this regard.
Kasich my be the unwilling and unknowing beneficiary of this in the next election cycle.
FDR ran on ending prohibition.
Along with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, generally the public has no idea of any of the candidates views on decriminalizing marijuana. That is because our press is gutless.
Man and Impact in the Americas
Kasich now can now avoid dealing with this:
Not only are the votes trickling in, analysis of them has nor really begun. And that should be interesting.
The issue will arise again in the 2016 round.
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