Nichole Hannahs

Marijuana Vote in Ohio

by Nichole Hannahs on December 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

Colorado and Washington become the most recent states to legalize marijuana.

While, these states may have declared it legal. The Federal Government still condemns the use of the drug. The growing issue of legalizing pot could not be too far away for the State of Ohio.

Currently, two groups are trying to get the issue on the ballot.

Muskingum Behavioral Health’s Executive Director said that we could be voting for medical use or recreational use by November.

"Now is the time for Ohioans regardless of how you feel about it now is the time to start looking into these issues," said Steve Carell from executive director Muskingum Behavioral Health. "It’s not just simply as I’m for pot or I’m against pot. It’s not that simple. There’s a whole lot more that goes into it here."

Carell said that when you look at the facts states having legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes have seen an increase in crimes like assaults, child abuse and impaired driving.

He said that to make the drug legal is should have to go through testing by the Federal Drug Administration.

"Let’s get the testing done," said Carell. "If you want to look at medical marijuana does it really do what people said it does. We cannot mistake pot makes me feel better, meaning that pot makes me well."

Carell said that just like with any drug some are recreational users of pot, some abuse the drug and others are addicted.