CLEVELAND, Ohio — Marijuana is about the healing, not the high.
That was the take-away Tuesday from a news conference hosted by Ohioans for Medical Marijuana, a political action group that wants to put an initiative on the November ballot for a comprehensive medical marijuana program.
Ohioans for Medical Marijuana and its supporters are critical of legislation to legalize medical marijuana. The bill would create a 9-member “Medical Marijuana Control Commission”— all unelected political appointees, only one of whom is required to be a physician and only one who would have to support medical marijuana — to regulate how marijuana would be dispensed and used, a strategy that patients find insufferable.
Ohioans for Medical Marijuana are now in the process of collecting the necessary signatures to put the initiative on the ballot.
“We have tens of thousands of signatures so far,” said a spokesman. “And we absolutely have doctors standing with us.