The legalization of cannabis is a “terrible idea,” according to Republican presidential candidate and the Ohio Gov. John Kasich; this statement was meant to pursue his home state, where there will see a marijuana proposal on the ballot during autumn.

“It sends mixed messages to young people about drugs,” Kasich said in an interview on Tuesday, as he finished his campaign tour. “I don’t think we should do that. We need to tell young people to stay off drugs.”

Kasich admitted that there are differences between marijuana and more potent drugs such as cocaine, but also said that reforms may also alter young people’s’ perception of drugs.

“So some drugs are okay but others aren’t? We’ve got kids. Why don’t we just say don’t do drug, period,” according to Kasich.

The proposal in Ohio that would show up on the November 3 ballot would legalize and tax recreational marijuana sales to those at the age of 21 or older. In an odd twist that has provoked disaccord from the state Legislature, there may only be ten growing centers that would be controlled by investors. Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaskan voters have already allowed recreational marijuana in their own states. In Michigan, there are two groups collecting signatures to try to put the measures of legalization on the ballot in November. However, the federal government still considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, which is reserved for the most dangerous drugs with the largest prediction of abuse. Obama has generally chosen to allow new state laws, but the next president may very well be trying to change that

“I would try to discourage the states from doing it. Hopefully, we’ll defeat it in Michigan and Ohio, but if states want to do it … I haven’t made a final decision, but I would be tempted to say I don’t think we can go and start disrupting what they’ve decided” Kasich said when asked about his plans if he were to win the presidency.

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