Two Ohio senators spent several hours in Cincinnati on Thursday listening to people talk about the pros and cons of medical marijuana.
The listening session, featuring Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and David Burke (R-Marysville) was hosted by the University of Cincinnati.
Among the speakers was Sara Deaterla, an educator and licensed social worker who lives in Jackson, Ohio.
Her daughter, 5-year-old Marley, has a disease called tuberous sclerosis.
“It’s benign tumors,” Sara Deaterla said. “And in her case, the tumors are in her brain.”
Deaterla is among those who say now is the time to make medical marijuana a legal remedy for certain illnesses like the one which has forced her little girl to undergo seven brain surgeries.
“Since she has failed so many drugs we have no more options,” Deaterla said. “I’m not asking for candy. I’m not asking for recreational marijuana. I’m asking for medical marijuana.”
She believes access to medicinal pot would stop the seizures Marley experiences daily and improve her cognitive skills.
Yuko is on Sara Deaterla’s side.
“These are people…