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Reported on the local news by Bill Hormann
Right now, 21-states allow marijuana for patients suffering from AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, Alzheimers, epilepsy and other ailments… and Ohio could be next to take a hit.
Advocates are pushing changes to the state’s constitution allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
“You build a dependency on opioids.”
Kevin Spitler used pot medically when the doctor- prescribed drugs didn’t help with his back pain after he suffered an electrical shock.
He told us, “I started using it more and more and found myself using less pharmaceutical drugs and taking the anxiety a lot better.”
Today, he is an unabashed supporter of medical marijuana in Ohio. He runs a hemp store in Toledo with oils and tinctures he claims help patients handle pain without getting high.
“I have had no side effects.”
Patients like Linda also believe in the healing affects of marijuana.
She has titanium rods in her spine after surviving two serious accidents and Linda says marijuana soothed her when morphine couldn’t.
She says her doctors could do nothing else for her. “My tolerance was just so high,” she says. “They just kept giving them to me. They’re not working. I’m having all this pain. Here, take some more of this, try this.”
The federal government says marijuana has no medical value and has a high potential for abuse.
So you would think that medical marijuana supporters would then craft a plan that would include doctors in diagnosing and prescribing pot but the Ohio amendment essentially allows you to self-medicate once you are diagnosed with a delibiltating condition.
But there’s no doctor prescription..
No doctor recommend dosage or limits on usage.
No controls on the potency of the pot.
Kevin Spitler has no problem with the lack of medical oversight. He says, “The actual Ohio amendment leaves out doctors they kind of take doctors out of the drug war; it’s an actual constitutional right for you to possess it, own it, sell it, buy it, cultivate it and so forth like that.”
“This is not just about making it available. There’s a lot of things we have to think about.”
Some anti-drug groups worry kids will get a hold of potent medical marijuana stashes.
In 1972, the THC level, the chemical that gets you high, was just 4-percent in most marijuana.
But today’s growers are cross-breeding far more potent medicinal strains.
One legal dispensary in California is producing medicinal pot with a powerful 17-percent THC level.
Deb Chany with the Sylvania Community Action Team–an anti-drug group– says even partially legalized pot poses a threat. She tells 13abc, “People that want it are going to find the people who have the medical marijuana prescription.”
State Representative Barbara Sears (R-47th) believes professionals should be involved in declaring medical marijuana safe, saying, “I think it needs to be regulated like any other prescription is regulated.”
And the Food and Drug Administration could regulate potency and determine potential side-effects.
87% of voters approve of medical marijuana
365,000 valid signatures gets the measure on the November ballot.