by Kevin Osborne
Posted In: Drugs
, Public Policy
at 01:47 PM | Permalink
Ex-police officer among those pushing for legalization
A retired Cincinnati police captain will be among the speakers
Thursday at a local event about legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana in
Howard Rahtz, who retired from the Cincinnati Police Department
in 2007, will speak at a forum organized by the Ohio Medical Cannabis Association (OMCA). The group is trying to
collect enough signatures to get an amendment to Ohio’s constitution on the
ballot that would allow the use of cannabis with a physician’s prescription.
The event will begin at 6:30
p.m. in Room 500 at Swift Hall on the University of Cincinnati campus.
Other speakers will include Theresa
Daniello, a mother of five children who is OMCA’s executive director, and Mark
Ramach, the group’s attorney.
After their presentation,
attendees can participate in a question and answer session about the proposed
Rahtz, who is a volunteer
with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, is a conservative who has no interest
in using drugs but supports legal and controlled public sale of marijuana. With
a dual background in drug treatment and drug interdiction, Rahtz has first-hand
experience with drug enforcement policy.
“I defy you to find anybody
who will applaud what the war on drugs has accomplished,” Rahtz told CityBeat in
June 2011. “Use rates have not changed in four decades. We’ve accomplished
nothing. We spend more money, we incarcerate more people than any other place
in the world and we end up with less for it. The fact is, what we’re doing
isn’t working. My question is, particularly in this age of shrinking resources,
are we going to continue pouring money down this rat hole?”