COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Cindy Wynia runs her own small business out of her home. Last night she says she took special note of the election night success of various pro marijuana measures across the country.
“It’s exciting and it’s hopeful,” said Wynia. “It makes me feel perhaps that Ohio will be next or close to next.”
When we first met Wynia over five years ago she was reluctant to admit she had tried marijuana. She did so, she says, because she has struggled with back problems for years.
“I don’t really want to have a whole lot but it does relieve the pain,” she said.
And as she shared her story on 10TV, she found many of her family members agreed. “I found out some of them saw me on TV the last time we talked and they were OK with it,” said Wynia.
Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC approved legalizing recreational marijuana yesterday.
And medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states.
But it still has a long climb in Ohio.
A petition effort failed this year to make the ballot. Organizers expect a more robust and better funded effort by 2016.
For Wynia, she says this is simply about relieving pain – including for children with epilepsy.
“I’m not an advocate for every single kid trying it but children who have severe medical conditions that are in pain or their ability to grow and learn is hampered it can help them and why shouldn’t it?,” said Wynia.
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