Debate over legalization of pot continues

BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) — The push to legalize marijuana across the country was at the center of heated debate Thursday night at Brookfield High School.

According to the most recent Quinnipiac Univiersity poll, nearly nine of every 10 Ohioans support the use of medical marijuana.

More than 385,000 signatures are needed by voters to put the issue on the ballot this fall. Twenty states and the District of Columbia already have legalized medical marijuana.

In Brookfield, a meeting was aimed at educating people on medical marijuana and the possible effects it would have on schools.

“Teachers, custodians  they would not be able to be tested because they don’t fall under federal rules,” said drug addiction specialist Brenda Heidinger.

But, many in the crowd were not very receptive of the information.  Amy Wollet said her 6-year-old daughter Kaia suffers from more than 300 seizures a day.

She said medical marijuana is one of the only remaining choices to battle her health issues, but her options are limited since it’s illegal in the Buckeye State.

“So if we don’t do something to stop the seizures, she won’t be here in 10 years. So our choice is to legalize medical marijuana or move to Colorado,” Wollett said.

Heidinger said more research is needed on medical marijuana.

“I’m not discussing if marijuana is effective or not effective. I simply want the voters to be educated on what they’re voting. So if they go on the ballot to vote on this, they are not just voting on medicinal marijuana. The way the law is written there are many loopholes,” she said.

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