CHAGRIN FALLS, OH (WOIO) - On Tuesday night, the Federated Church in Chagrin Falls was packed with hundreds, proving the legalization of marijuana is a hot topic in northeast Ohio.
Taxpayers and local law enforcement paid to hear guests, Dr. Mellar Davis with the Cleveland Clinic and Commander William Nagle with Denver Police, speak at a Chagrin Arts event.
Nagle discussed the pros and cons of marijuana becoming legal for medical use in Colorado back in 2009.
"There's no big catastrophe. The sun is still up. The industry is doing well. Tax revenues are up," Nagle explained.
Dr. Davis explained marijuana's medicinal benefits.
In the Buckeye State, marijuana remains illegal, but there is a push to bring the issue before voters in November.
Ohioans we spoke to were split on the topic.
"It does have some medicinal value and I do think it will cut down on crime tremendously," said Taya Wiley.
"We should be teaching our kids about health and fitness. If they are smoking pot all day, they are just going to get hungry and eat more," said business owner Martha Vucsko.
The proposed amendment would allow adults 21 and older to buy marijuana in Ohio for personal and medical use.