As more and more states legalize marijuana and the benefits of doing so are becoming more apparent, many people are finally beginning to support legalization efforts. And now you can add one Ohio congressman to the list.
Democrat Tim Ryan represents the Ohio 13th congressional district. Ryan recently wrote an op-ed for CNN in which he stated his support for legalizing marijuana. In his article, Ryan noted the huge incarceration rates in the United States, and how many of them are for simple nonviolent drug offenses. He said that legalizing marijuana is simply the right thing to do.
"I find the social and economic injustices of our marijuana policy too big to ignore," Ryan wrote. "I firmly believe no person should be sentenced to a lifetime of hardship because of a marijuana arrest. It is morally wrong and economically nonsensical."
Ryan followed that up by saying, "Marijuana should be legal in all 50 states." He noted how ridiculous it is that in one state, you can legally purchase marijuana at a store, but doing so in another state will lead to years in prison.
He then discussed the economic impacts of legalizing marijuana. He talked about how the government could collect taxes off cannabis sales and use that money to invest into American jobs and other projects.
He finished by stating his support for the Marijuana Justice Act and urging Congress to take action on the issue.
While nothing will likely change after Ryan's op-ed, it's still a signal that politicians are finally beginning to embrace this issue and that full legalization may be closer than we think.