Watch: Ohio Governor Says Voting 'No' On Marijuana Prevented Overdoses

In a recent interview on the ABC station in Cleveland, Ohio Governor John Kasich made a rather surprising link between the recent failed attempt to legalize cannabis in the state and ongoing problems with drugs like heroin: "Thank goodness we defeated making drugs legal," he said, "because if there is any big crisis we need to constantly face, it is this crisis of overdoses."

He made this statement even though overdoses are not considered a potential risk for cannabis consumers, as they are with drugs like heroin.

However, legalization advocates will be encouraged by aspects of his interview. He does say he's open to introducing medical marijuana if state doctors recommend the government do so.

You can listen to the interview below. The portion on marijuana begins around the six-minute mark.

Banner Image of Ohio Governor John Kasich At An Education Summit by Flickr User Michael Vadon


Prime Minister-designate Boris Johnson has dabbled with illicit drugs in the past, but reforming the United Kingdom's antiquated cannabis laws probably won't be part of his future. On Monday it was officially announced that MP Boris Johnson had been elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, which means he will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May as the head of government. Johnson is expected to take a different approach to politics than his predecessor, but anyone hoping that he will push for national cannabis reform probably shouldn't hold their breath.

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