OHIO: In 2003, Rob Ryan got cancer – the second of his three battles against the disease. This time, it was in his colon.
The chemotherapy was wreaking havoc in his body. He wasn’t eating. Medicines his doctor prescribed didn’t stem his nausea. He was allergic to the opiates he received. Ryan, of Blue Ash, was wasting away.
“So I said, ‘Forget this,’ and I started to use marijuana. It worked,” Ryan told The Enquirer. He smoked in an upstairs bathroom.
Soon, even his wife was convinced.
That was all illegal. But an overwhelming majority of Ohio voters believe that should change: Eighty-seven percent of Ohio voters believe medical marijuana use under the care of a doctor should be legal, according to a poll released last week.
Support is less strong in Kentucky, but a majority of voters are behind the issue: The Louisville Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released last month showed 52 percent favor the legalization of medical marijuana – the second year in a row in which the issue drew majority support in the poll.