Lindsay Jobst

Medical Marijuana a Possibility in Ohio

by Lindsay Jobst on November 13, 2015 at 11:27 am

The recent defeat of Issue 3 has prompted Ohio legislators to take a serious look into medical marijuana.

The use of marijuana for medicinal use is hot topic among the Republican majority in The Ohio Statehouse. State Representative, Brian Hill, said potential legislation is currently under discussion, but CEO of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel, thinks the decision to legalize marijuana for medicinal use in Ohio should be left up to someone else.

“I don’t believe it’s a legislative issue, I don’t believe it’s public vote issue, it’s an FDA issue, all medications go through the FDA process to see if the chemical truly has an impact on a system or a disease,” Carrel said.

In states where medical marijuana is legal, Carrel said doctors are hesitant to sign pot prescriptions because little scientific research has been done. He also said if medical marijuana becomes legal in Ohio, there’s no way to regulate it effectively.

“In smoking pot for medicinal purposes, you don’t know how much of the chemicals you’re getting because no two plants are the same, no two joints are the same,” Carrel said.

Although clinical studies on medical marijuana are currently in the works all across the country, discussion of medical marijuana legalization in Ohio is still in the very early stages.