Kay Kuebler, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and supports the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, opposes the policy change announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week. (WRGT)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) —
A research survey just released found that 61 percent of Americans want to see marijuana legalized, up from 57 percent in 2016.
Party affiliation played a role with 70 percent of Democrats saying yes, but just 43 percent of Republicans favoring legalization.
Despite widespread support for decriminalizing it, Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved this week to roll back an Obama-era protection for states that allowed the sale and use of pot, which remains an illegal drug in the same class as heroin under federal law.
An Ohio woman is now expressing concern about whether that change will impact medical marijuana users.
Kay Kuebler has been waiting to see if medical marijuana in Ohio can help with her multiple sclerosis symptoms.
She talked with WRGT’s Kelly May from her home in St. Mary’s in Mercer County.
“It’s not only disheartening, I think it’s stupid,” said Kuebler.
She is soft-spoken, but not about her support for medical marijuana, working with the Ohio Rights Group.
“I was part of getting it passed,” Kuebler said.
Kuebler told WRGT she has tried opioids and chemotherapy to manage her pain, but she couldn’t take the side effects.
She’s hoping medical marijuana could ease the pain she feels every day.
“It would help alleviate the pain, the muscle spasms, oh god,” Kuebler said. “It won’t cure MS, but they don’t have anything that does.”
Mary Jane Borden is with the Ohio Rights Group, which has come out in strong opposition to Sessions’ reversal of the rule that keeps the federal