Former addict speaks out against medical pot operation in Youngstown

NOW Youngstown says the proposed medical marijuana growing facility in the city could lead to bigger problems

Curties Byrd, Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As medical marijuana farmers continue to pitch their plans for growing operations in communities across the Youngstown area, one group that is against the idea held a meeting for concerned citizens Tuesday night.

Over 100 people packed into the community room at the Newport Library for NOW Youngstown‘s open meeting to hear a discussion on the dangers of having a growing operation in the city.

The group said it’s not against medical marijuana completely, but just fears it could lead to bigger problems.

Curties Byrd, a recovering addict, believes it will, based on his past experience.

“I would still be able to obtain that as an addict — even though I didn’t need it medically — and be able to trade it off for whatever I need. It’s something I believe is a smokescreen,” he said.

Cody Mihok, who also struggled with addiction, sees both sides.

“I do believe it is a step toward recreational use and I do believe, in certain cases, that there are opportunities for medical marijuana to give people needed relief,” Mihok said.

There will be 24 marijuana growing permits issued by the State of Ohio — 12 for bigger operations and 12 for smaller ones.


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