COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two of Ohio’s top elected officials said Thursday they have smoked pot and said state lawmakers should legalize marijuana to treat certain medical conditions.
Auditor Dave Yost, who strongly opposed last year’s failed recreational marijuana measure, said Ohio should move forward with a “tightly controlled” medical marijuana program. He said legalization should happen through legislation, not through an amendment to the Ohio Constitution.
Yost, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Treasurer Josh Mandel, and Secretary of State Jon Husted spoke about the issue during a panel discussion Thursday sponsored by the Associated Press.
The four Republicans were asked whether they ever smoked pot and, if so, the last time they did. The GOP-controlled legislature is studying the issue of legalizing marijuana by holding public hearings in Columbus and around the state.
Gov. John Kasich admitted he has smoked pot in the 1970s, a fact that gained national attention when he was a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Here’s what the panelists said Thursday.
Yost: He last used marijuana in 1978 and later clarified that…