Anti-Marijuana Groups Protest in Ohio
Feb 28, 2013
Last year, two separate medical marijuana issues were approved by the Ohio Ballot Board. Supporters of the Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment of 2012 and the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment have until July 6th to collect enough signatures of support to qualify for the election ballot. Both groups would need to collect over 385,000 signatures.
So far, however, neither group has reported much in terms of fundraising or signature collecting, making many believe that neither measure stands a chance of making it onto the ballot.
Despite that, anti-marijuana groups are ramping up for a fight. Yesterday, representatives from a number of anti-drug groups spoke at a Statehouse news conference.
Kevin Sabet, a senior adviser to national drug czar Gil Kerlikowske from 2009 to 2011, was one of the speakers at the conference. He said that prescribing marijuana for medical purposes isn’t a bad idea if it is in pill form, but it’s wrong to use “smoked marijuana under the pretense of medicine.”
At the conference, Sabet also claimed that studies show that only 5% of medical marijuana patients throughout the country have severe medical problems. He did not cite the study that proved that, but continued to explain that the typical medical marijuana user is apparently “a 32-year old white male with a history of drug-abuse problems and no major medical history.”
The fight against medical marijuana in Ohio is strong at the moment, but advocates hope that either of the proposed measures gains enough support for it to be put to a vote of the people. A recent poll showed that 73% of Ohio voters support medical marijuana legalization.