Ohio lawmakers take steps to address medical marijuana

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Ohio lawmakers announced this week the formation of a task force to address the issue of medical marijuana in the Buckeye State. 

Ohio voters shot down the ballot measure that would have legalized recreational and medical marijuana in November, but an October Quinnipiac poll shows 90 percent of Ohioans support marijuana for medical use.

“Nobody’s cooking it, nobody’s mixing it, it just grows like grass, or trees or anything else. It’s a lot better than taking pills in my opinion,” said Charles Ratcliff, an Ohio resident who said he uses marijuana to cope with his medical disorder. “I have PTSD and I don’t care who knows it, I smoke it.”

“I think medical marijuana for control for extreme pain is absolutely, it’s a no-brainer,” said C.W. Cornett, who resides across the border in Ohio.
Many Ohioans believe users just need to be responsible. 

“Just like people drinking, alcohol is legal, be responsible with it,” said Brent Powell, who is also an Ohio resident. “You drink and drive this is what happens to you, if you smoke and drive it ought to be what happens to you.” 

On the other hand, some tri-state residents are worried about the effect it could have on the community.

“I just think it would be bad because I think it would give younger kids and teenagers an opportunity to have it,” said Jane Jividen. “If they have it and they can’t get it they’ll go to harder stuff once they’re tired of it.”

But Ratliff said that it’s more about the individual than the drug itself.

“If you got a weak will and weak mind, if you’re one of those people that join the bandwagon with everything…I don’t understand it, because marijuana is not a gateway drug,” he said.

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