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.