Time flies when a governor spends enormous amounts of it not governing his own state. Ohio Gov. John Kasich spent almost six months running for president last year, then he went to Europe in February and was in Washington recently to meet with fellow Republicans about the healthcare bill that recently failed to pass.
The term-limited state CEO will return to New Hampshire in late April to promote his latest book.
Nice work if you can get it.
Speaking of time, it wasn’t that long ago that a close friend and former political adviser to President Donald Trump went public with a tweet in October of 2015 that put a big dent in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s facade as the “adult in the room,” as he tried for a second time to win the hearts and minds of Republican voters as their pick for president.
Back then, after the Republican primary debates had started, Roger Stone, who’s been called a “dirty trickster” and may be among those currently investigated by the FBI for alleged dealings between Donald Trump and the Trump campaign and Russian agents that could include country president Vladimir Putin, announced via Twitter that John Kasich, a one-time campaign worker for Ronald Reagan was fired for dealing in weed, illegal then in every state.
“Hypocrisy? I fired John Kasich from the 1976 Reagan Campaign … For selling pot to other field men,” Stone tweeted. In an interview at the time, Roger Stone said this about Mr. Kasich: “My memory is absolutely crystal clear that I am correct about this I guess he doesn’t want some kind of firestorm, but people should be what they really are, they shouldn’t claim to be something that they are not. I think voters see through phoniness in politics easier than anything else.”
Gov. Kasich’s only defense to Stone’s stunning allegation was to question Stone’s credibility. Camp Kasich reached out to Charlie Black, a long-time Republican stalwart, who countered Stone’s news by saying that he, not Stone, was Mr. Kasich’s supervisor on Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in Ohio.
Gov. Kasich commented on Colorado’s legalization of marijuana then as he did yesterday at a press conference on opioid use, that sending mixed signals to kids about drugs is a disaster. Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana before Ohio legalized the use of the plant for medical purposes.
Back in 1976, John Kasich was a low-level legislative aide for his to-be disgraced boss at the time, Buzz Lukens. Word on the street at Capitol Square back then was that he was both a stoner and gay. Those rumors have never been verified by any smoking gun evidence even though many have sought it. Mr. Kasich divorced his first wife, then married and has two daughters. Rumors persist that he’s bi-sexual, but again, those are unsubstantiated rumors.
Gov. Kasich’s mixed message on the benefits of marijuana as medical drug is exacerbated by studies performed in recent years that show opioid overdoses and deaths have decreased in states that allow medical marijuana. Moreover, other research shows that marijuana can alleviate pain. Republicans and Democrats both agree that medical marijuana could effect the growing use of opioids, which today is seen as legal heroin.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a study released Tuesday found hospitalization rates for painkiller addiction and abuse dropped 23 percent on average in states after they allowed medical marijuana use. Simultaneously, the report published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence finds that hospitalization rates for overdoses dropped 13 percent. A Canadian study the PD cited found 63 percent of its sample of 250 patients eligible for the medical marijuana program preferred marijuana over prescription drugs, including opioids.
Gov. Kasich signed the state’s medical marijuana law. It provides that patients with one of 21 medical conditions can buy and use marijuana if recommended by a physician. Meanwhile, smoking marijuana and growing it at home are not allowed.
“I don’t like the whole thing — medical marijuana,” Gov. Kasich said at the presser, the PD reported. “It got passed because somebody was going to have a broader law.”
The governor on whose watch Ohio has catapulted to the front of all states for the number of opioid-related deaths per year seems woefully ignorant on how legal weed can in fact have a beneficial impact on the rising tide of deaths due to overdosing on opioid prescription pills. Mr. Kasich claims enlightenment on the use of expanded Medicaid, even though he still believes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is wrong. He also believes that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts to make a profit even though that is genuine fake news that’s been debunked time and time again.
What facts will it take for Ohio’s petulant and crusty governor to believes that which he fervently believes cannot be true?
Washington D.C. and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana use.