Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
Sandusky Register, June 19
Some people object to the mere suggestion a community change its local ordinances to allow marijuana grow facilities. Other people have a fierce opposition.
It just makes sense to us, however, that communities would consider changing local laws to allow medicinal medical marijuana centers. Ohio lawmakers changed state laws, last year, to not only allow it, but license and regulate it.
For local leaders, the question is not a moral one the way some people have framed it. That’s an antiquated point of view that likely never was quite right, but it’s understandable it exists.
“The burning weed with its roots in hell,” is one voice-over description for it in the 1936 anti-marijuana film “Reefer Madness,” among others. The use of marijuana would lead to “debauchery, violence, murder, suicide and the ultimate end for a marijuana addict: hopeless insanity.”
Make no mistake, there are dangers that exist for the recreational abuse of marijuana. But obviously its reputation has come a long way since then, from demon weed to medicinal miracle.
Leaders in Sandusky, Huron, Oak Harbor and other communities aren’t making a moral judgment about marijuana, and they aren’t voting for pot dispensaries.
What they are doing is considering changes to local law to allow for grow centers are the jobs this new industry could bring. We’re glad the common sense that represents appears to be winning out over an artificial argument about morality.
Akron Beacon Journal, June 18
Wall Street went too far, and the country paid a heavy price. Many areas still have not recovered entirely from the deep recession that the financial industry helped to fuel and aggravated. In the aftermath, Congress and the Obama White House responded