LEBANON, Ohio — As the group proposing to legalize marijuana in Ohio rolled out its first TV ads, a teen accused of bringing pot brownies to school was indicted Monday.
Edward Goschinski III, 19, of Springboro, Ohio, is accused of distributing the weed-laced brownies to at least four students and one teacher April 10 at Springboro High School in this suburb about 20 miles south of Dayton, Ohio.
He’s been charged with three felonies:
- Corrupting another with drugs.
- Possession of hashish.
- And trafficking in hashish.
Goschinski also is charged with three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the unruliness or delinquency of a child.
“He made a very serious mistake thinking it was a joke, and now he’s going to have some lifelong consequences,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told WLWT-TV, Cincinnati. The teacher who bit into the brownie could taste that something was not right.
Goschinski confessed to preparing and distributing the brownies, and more were found in his locker, according to a search warrant obtained by The Enquirer.
Meanwhile, officials at ResponsibleOhio are so confident that their Marijuana Legalization Amendment will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot that they’ve launched what could become a $20 million television and Internet advertising campaign to persuade voters to allow adults 21 and older to possess 1 ounce or less of marijuana legally. The proposal also would legalize medical marijuana for minors with parental consent, allow individuals to pay $50 for a license to grow four flowering plants at home, and license 10 commercial pot farms across the state.
The Ohio Secretary of State’s Office is still verifying whether supporters were able to gather nearly 306,000 registered voters’ signatures by July 31 to qualify for the ballot.
ResponsibleOhio’s first 15-second ad ran five times Thursday night across Ohio on Fox, once during the 5 p.m. ET debate among seven lesser-known Republican candidates and again during the 9 p.m. event of 10 better-polling candidates.
In the ad, a woman stands in front of a white background.
“I’m sure you’ve heard about the ballot issue to legalize marijuana. And you’re probably wondering: Does this plan make sense? How will it make Ohio safer? And what does it mean for me?” The woman then directs the viewer to ResponsibleOhio’s website.
On the group’s website are six videos that explain the organization’s plan, potential effects on public safety and economic impact. Faith Oltman, spokeswoman for ResponsibleOhio, declined to say how much the ad and videos cost.
Joshua Eck, spokesman for the Ohio secretary of state, expects that officials will know whether the amendment will qualify for November ballot by the end of this week.
Goschinski was allowed to graduate but will be arraigned Aug. 28 in Warren County Common Pleas Court in Lebanon.