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On a day when dueling media events in Columbus launched the battle over legalizing marijuana in Ohio, several Cleveland council members came out in favor of the ResponsibleOhio plan.​

ResponsibleOhio proposes legalizing both medical and recreational marijuana.

Councilman Zack Reed says helping those with conditions where marijuana eases pain and provides comfort is his first and foremost reason to back the proposal.

But he also believes that legalizing marijuana would spare young users and low-level sellers from being scarred for life by a criminal record for a minor offense.

“It’s already hard and difficult for them to get a job. You put that scarlet letter on their back, it makes it even harder,” he said.

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