Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said his three-day trip to Colorado to learn about marijuana legalization there has him worried about what legalization could mean for Ohio and its children.
DeWine, who was in Dayton on Tuesday, said he visited with law enforcement, doctors and citizens in Colorado.
“People I talked to said, ‘Don’t make the same mistake that we made in Colorado,’ ” said DeWine, who is opposed to Issue 3, a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize marijuana for people 21 and older.
DeWine spoke while visiting Dayton Children’s Hospital, which opposes Issue 3.
“Based on all the research available, we believe making marijuana readily available in our state will put children’s lives at unnecessary risk,” said Debbie Feldman, the hospital’s president and CEO.
ResponsibleOhio, the group behind Issue 3, said it cares about children’s safety.
“We want to protect our kids and make sure marijuana stays out of their hands too,” said ResponsibleOhio Spokesperson Faith Oltman in a statement.
Feldman, DeWine and Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said one of their main concerns about legalization is children’s accessibility to edible products containing marijuana.