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Opponents urge Ohioans to 'think twice' before legalizing medical marijuana



Published: Thu, August 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

Opponents of medical marijuana were at the Statehouse Wednesday, urging lawmakers and residents to think twice before legalizing it for therapeutic purposes.

The group included a former appointee of President George W. Bush, who called marijuana “unstable” and “unpredictable.”

“Marijuana is unreliable,” said Andrea Barthwell, former deputy director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. “It’s full of contaminants — bird droppings, animal carcasses. And it exposes the sick and dying to a number of potential problems that can worsen their condition.”

But a state lawmaker who is backing efforts to place the issue before voters and who has introduced separate legislation to legalize medical marijuana use called such comments “off base.”

“I think they’re wrong headed,” said state Rep. Bob Hagan of Youngstown, D-58th. “I think they’re standing in the way [of people] who want extra medicinal help [for] chronic disease and chronic pain.”

Opponents Wednesday were voicing concern about several ballot initiatives that would allow marijuana use for medical purposes. The latest was a petition effort was unveiled in May, and supporters hope to gain enough signatures to place the measure before voters in November 2014.

Barthwell and others said legalization is a bad idea and would allow widespread use of a drug that is unregulated and that “does not meet any of the tests of modern medicine.”


Comments

1kurtw(762 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Voters should think more than "twice" about this- the basic question is: do the dubious health benefits of inhaling grass for some people, outweigh the risk to the population at large of legalizing a drug with known health risks. Also, what kind of a "mixed message" is it endorsing a product- smoke- inhaled into the lungs, at the same time we have a major health initiative to diminish or eliminate the smoking of tobacco- does that make sense?

The way I see it- the whole "medical marijuana" initiative is just a scam, pushed by a bunch of aging Hippies and ex- Flower Kids (Bob Hagan and Company) to bring Marijuana into the mainstream.

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2momma(2 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

It is really sad all of the lies that are spewed about cannabis!

Cannabis has many uses...If you know someone who has any of the following issues and you don't support the use of cannabis as an alternative treatment, you are just allowing your loved ones to be poisoned by harmful pharmaceuticals:

Crohn’s Disease
Depression
Anxiety
Asthma
Diabetes
Glaucoma
Spasticity (Multiple Sclerosis)
Alzheimer's disease
Mental disorders
Lung cancer
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Breast cancer
HIV/AIDS
Brain cancer
Opioid dependence
Controlling ALS symptoms.
Treatment of inflammatory skin disease
Chronic neuropathic pain
PTSD
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
recovery from drug/alcohol addiction
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suicide prevention
Epilepsy
Autism
Just to name a few...

Oh, by the way, CANNABIS CAN CURE...YES, CURE CANCER! THE GOVERNMENT HAS KNOWN SINCE 1974. DO THE RESEARCH! DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS CANCER OR THAT HAS DIED FROM CANCER THAT COULD STILL BE ALIVE HAD THEY BEEN ABLE TO USE CANNABIS OIL (RSO)? ARE YOU MAD YET? YOU REALLY SHOULD BE! CANCER IS A BIG MONEY MAKER! THERE IS NO MONEY IN A CURE YOU CAN GROW IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

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3momma(2 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE HAS BEEN APPROVED BY:
THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND THE FOR PROFIT PRISON INDUSTRY!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING PROHIBITION OF CANNABIS! THANK YOU FOR PUTTING MONEY IN OUR BANK ACCOUNTS AND HELPING US TO KEEP PEOPLE ADDICTED TO OUR PRODUCTS! WE LOSE A FEW HERE AND THERE (OVERDOSES), BUT THE ONES THAT DIE OFF ARE QUICKLY REPLACED BY OTHERS! OH, AND THANK YOU ALSO FOR KEEPING THE JAILS AND PRISONS FILLED WITH NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS THAT HAVE HARMED NO ONE...LOL! YEAH, YEAH, WE'VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE...NO VICTIM, NO CRIME, RIGHT? WELL, WE WOULD MUCH RATHER DEAL WITH THEM (NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS) THAN A BUNCH OF RAPISTS, MURDERERS AND PEDOPHILES! I MEAN, WHO WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE IN YOUR PRISON?

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4kurtw(762 comments)posted 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Well, that's a really long list of illnesses cured by smoking weed! Gosh, thank you so much for informing me, if I'd know it before, I'd have bought grow lamps and started cultivating the stuff in my basement years ago. I may still do that- it's never too late to start- I could start my own little Pharmaceutical Company.

I mean ,why send money to Mega-companies like Pfizer and Eli Lilly and Company that waste Billions anually on a lot of unecessary R &D- when you can accomplish the same yourself with a handful of Cannabis seeds, a few pots of dirt in the basement- and some grow lamps.

Oh, and there's one other health benefit to pot you forgot to list- it makes you feel good, right? Nothing like a good buzz to make you forget your sick.

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