Amendment to legalize medicinal marijuana touted at Lemon Grove rally

OHIO: Getting help for patients suffering and in pain is the primary goal of the Ohio Rights Organization’s effort to place a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot that would legalize the medical use of cannabis, better known as marijuana.

“We’re not passing legislation. We’re trying to pass a right,” said John Pardee, president of ORO at the organization’s rally Thursday at the Lemon Grove Restaurant in downtown Youngstown.

“The amendment would not only ensure that our loved ones will have the right to use cannabis to ease their suffering, it would give farmers the right to grow hemp as a profitable agriculture crop,” Pardee said.

Though members of the small group at the Lemon Grove meeting all seemed in favor of legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, not everyone agrees.

Dr. Steven Matson, president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, said in an email that he sees daily examples in his practice that marijuana is a drug of abuse and dependence that has serious negative consequences for many users.

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