The results of Tuesday’s election have left many people shocked and puzzled. In the Ohio Valley, all eyes are on Bellaire, whose residents cast ballots on two issues that are getting a lot of attention.
Bellaire voters said yes to a marijuana issue that would take away all penalties for possession of 200 grams or less.
But they turned thumbs down on a school levy that would have helped children’s educational options.
So we took this question to the public in Bellaire: What do you think about the voters saying yes to marijuana and no to the schools?
“I have two kids that go to Bellaire Elementary. One’s in preschool and I have a third grader. And all she’s asked me is Mommy did the school levy pass because I want art and music. And it’s very sad to have to tell her no, sorry, it didn’t,” said Mandy Hornbeck.
“I think that the levy for the school probably should have been first because that’s for the children’s education. But it doesn’t surprise me,” said Tabitha White.
“The marijuana, I have no problem with. But the school levy, I’m ashamed it didn’t pass, said Thomas Green.
“The schools are important. I would think that would be more important than the marijuana issue. It’s too bad they both didn’t pass,” said Vickie McMahon.
“They should have said yes to the school levy and no to the marijuana,” said Floyd Craig.
Police have also weighed in on the issue.
Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk says there’s no question that marijuana is the gateway drug that has led many people to addiction to strong opiates, and many of those cases end in overdose.