Lucas Co. sheriff against legalization of marijuana

LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Multiple groups have been efforting getting marijuana legalized in Ohio, but not everyone is in favor of legalization.

Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp says he's worked hard to fight drug abuse in the county since he took office.

He even started a program called Drug Abuse Response Team (DART). With DART, sheriff's deputies are responsible for working with drug addicts and those who have overdosed to get them into rehab and help them recover.

The sheriff says legalizing marijuana would only hurt his efforts since many see marijuana as a gateway drug to more dangerous drugs like heroin.

“We're working hard, reaching out to the community to help us stop the drug problem, reduce the sales of drugs, so I'm totally against the legalizing of marijuana,” Tharp said.

There are currently proposed amendments to the Ohio constitution for the November ballot. The amendments,...

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