High expectations: While backers of Issue 2, the proposed recreational marijuana initiated statute, emphasize the potential tax revenues Ohio could get, opponents say impaired driving accidents will increase. Laura Hancock looked at five other states with adult-use cannabis, considering impaired driving crashes, alcohol consumption after legalization, pot sales and tax revenues and emergency vet visits from pot exposure to show possible implications for Ohio.
Ohioans for background checks: A whopping nine in 10 Ohioans support mandatory background checks for gun buyers and training for a concealed carry permit, according to a new poll from the USA TODAY Network and Suffolk University. Reporters Jim Weiker and Anna Staver also note that about three of four of the 500 Ohioans surveyed also indicated support for red flag and safe storage laws. The data comes despite a steady march of gun deregulation from Republicans who control the statehouse and governor’s office.
You can print that: Last year, GOP Senate President Matt Huffman in a Columbus Dispatch interview dropped the memorable line that “We can kind of do what we want” with a Republican supermajority. What he really meant, he now tells the Washington Post, was that Republican majorities in the House and the Senate are now able to “put through legislation that the people want.”
No rush: Following the resignation from the Ohio House of Bob Young, a Summit County Republican who was criminally…