The 64-year old lame duck governor isn’t actively running for president anymore, after he suspended his poorly performing campaign following 46 losses and one win. But when his campaign was going full tilt, among his campaign’s tour of hopes and hugs was his homilis on the evils of drugs, especially opioid drugs, manufactured legally by big pharma drug companies, that are claiming too young lives.
Notwithstanding a revelation from Roger Stone, a Donald Trump friend and aficionado who said he fired young John Kasich in 1976 for dealing marijuana to Ronald Reagan campaign staffers, Gov. Kasich’s position is that he’s against marijuana legalization.
Drugs v Alcohol
Gov. Kasich used the growing scourge of drug addiction in the Buckeye State to demonstrate his so-called compassionate side, talking about the need to “start talking” about it, a program produced by his administration.
So it’s to be watched whether high-powered craft beer can be as damaging to ones God-given potential as opioid drugs are in Mr. Kasich’s world. The Ohio General Assembly, run in a lopsided fashion by a supermajority of Republicans after they swept Democrats in 2014, is sending a bill that would allow craft brewers the freedom to make higher powered beers to Gov. Kasich’s desk. The vote to end a cap on alcohol content for beer that’s been state law since shortly after Prohibition ended in 1933 presents a situation Ohio’s governor should be thinking twice about. .
A spokesman for the governor told the AP that there’s no specific plans for the Mr. Kasich to sign it.
Ohio is following what other states have done to shed the 12 percent cap on beer, as the booming craft beer industry ventures into creative, stronger ales. State legislators, the AP said Friday, “say the move levels the playing field and makes Ohio even more attractive to smaller breweries like BrewDog, a Scottish craft beer company that’s building its $30 million U.S. headquarters — including restaurant and taproom — in suburban Columbus. A handful of beers BrewDog makes at its UK plant range from 14 percent to 28 percent alcohol.”
Ohio has approximately 190 craft breweries who are, not surprisingly, advocates of the change. They argue the bill blasting the old alcohol cap is necessary to compete, since beer drinkers hunt for higher-powered concoctions, and to find they might take a trip out of state to Indiana, Michigan or Pennsylvania, border states to Ohio that have no caps in place.
Sources say that even though alcohol content in craft beer averages 5 to 7 percent, brewers seek the freedom to use processes that result in double-digit alcohol content or what’s called “big beer,” according to Paul Gatza, director of the industry group Brewers Association, the AP reported.