Ohio Gubernatorial Primary Candidate John Cranley Cannabis Proponent

Ohio Gubernatorial Primary Candidate John Cranley Cannabis Proponent

<![CDATA[If elected Ohio’s next governor, John Cranley has an ambitious goal of creating 120,000 new jobs that pay at least $60,000 per year to help expand the state’s middle class. And he wants to do it in four years. But the gubernatorial primary candidate for the Democratic ticket is banking on legalizing adult-use cannabis in the state to help get it done. Announcing his run for office in August, Cranley said 30,000 of the new jobs he hopes to create would be through projects aimed at advancing manufacturing, adding high-speed broadband, and investing in a new energy economy, cleaner water, and safer roads and bridges. “And when we legalize marijuana, we will use the money to pay for it,” he said. More specifically, Cranley’s campaign website states he “will pay for these jobs by reprioritizing JobsOhio money, legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, and utilizing existing capital improvement funds and annual line items as debt service for the additional bonds needed for rapidly achieving universal broadband, clean water, and safer roads.”In addition, Cranley’s criminal justice reform policy includes decriminalizing cannabis use statewide so that laws are not “unfairly applied to communities of color across Ohio.”But Cranley, who served as Cincinnati’s mayor from December 2013 to January 2022, has a long road to go before accomplishing those goals, including two elections before attempting to make good on his promises. In the primary election scheduled for May 3, Cranley is running against Nan Whaley, who served as Dayton’s mayor from January 2014 to January 2022. According to Emerson College pollsters, the two candidates were tied with each garnering the support of 15.7% of likely voters, while 68.6% of likely voters remained undecided as of late February. Although Whaley doesn’t outline a cannabis policy on her campaign website, she said in an October 2021…

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