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Report: Legal marijuana would create 35,000 jobs in Ohio

Joe Deters will be in Columbus Thursday to release a report by the Marijuana Policies of Ohio Task Force. (FOX19 NOW/file) Joe Deters will be in Columbus Thursday to release a report by the Marijuana Policies of Ohio Task Force. (FOX19 NOW/file)
COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -

A report released Thursday by the Marijuana Policies of Ohio Task Force claims marijuana legalization would create 35,000 jobs in the state.

The task force's research focuses on the potential impacts that marijuana legalization in Ohio may have on the economy, public health and public safety.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is chairman of the task force and discussed the results at a press conference at Lou's Cafe in Moritz College of Law in Drinko Hall at Ohio State University.

Deters, who supports marijuana legalization and regulation, said the report does not endorse any side or issue but rather provides a straightforward analysis of current research and data.

Ohio voters could decide at the ballot in November if the drug should be legalized for personal and medical use. The proposed amendment would legalize personal and medical use of marijuana.

The 188-page report states that state and county governments will reap sales tax revenue from the anticipated $2.6 billion in retail marijuana sales.

In the Public Safety section of the report downplays concerns that legal pot would lead to increased crime.

“Providing those who want to use with the ability to buy marijuana from medical dispensaries or retail stores has shifted money away from the illegal, unregulated black market,” states the report.

Read the entire report on the taskforce's web site. 

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