Governor candidate Bill O’Neill wants to legalize marijuana statewide

By David Skolnick


Bill O’Neill, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, said if elected, he would push to legalize marijuana and release nonviolent marijuana offenders, with the money raised and saved going to treat heroin addicts and the mentally ill.

During a Thursday editorial board meeting with The Vindicator, O’Neill, a retired Ohio Supreme Court justice, outlined his plans for such an effort.

O’Neill estimates the state could collect $500 million a year in sales tax on marijuana use – regulating it like alcoholic beverages – and save $100 more at