By MARC KOVAC @ohiocapitalblog [email protected] Published: October 19, 2014 6:00AM
COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald differ on lots of issues.
Take, for example, the legalization of marijuana for medicinal uses.
Last month, FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, announced he supported allowing Ohioans to use medical marijuana, under the supervision of a doctor.
He reiterated that support during a recent forum in Columbus.
“The vast majority of people in Ohio believe that and agree with me on that and Gov. Kasich does not,” he said, adding, “I talked to a lot of people that have been suffering with chronic pain. They believe that is a medical alternative that they should have access to. … I think that that is an appropriate step to take.”
FitzGerald remains opposed to recreational uses of the drug.
Kasich said he does not support legalizing marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes.
“The medical community has never come to me with that, and until the day that happens, the answer is no,” he said, adding, “You can’t be on the one hand fighting drugs and on the other hand saying we’re going to legalize some kind of drug.”
A majority of voters (87 percent) questioned by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute earlier this year said they supported the medical use of marijuana.
Legislation offered on the issue have gotten little traction in the Republican-controlled state legislature. Several attempts to place the issue before voters have stalled.
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