COLUMBUS — Even if Ohio lawmakers act swiftly on pending legislation to legalize pot as medicine, Ohioans for Medical Marijuana leaders on Wednesday said they’ll keep pushing to put a constitutional amendment before voters this fall.
Patients and caregivers said that the bill pending in the Ohio House doesn’t go far enough to protect them against losing jobs, will take too long to implement, prohibits home grow and fails to provide a concrete list of ailments that would qualify someone to get medical marijuana.
Dane Griffith of Columbus said he suffers from an auto-immune disease that has left him with chronic pain and a daily regiment of medications. He wants medical marijuana as an option to address his symptoms.
“I don’t want opiates. I don’t want to take eight medications per day,” said Griffith, 25. “It just boggles my mind that (medical marijuana) isn’t an option that I can talk to my doctor about.”