RICHLAND COUNTY, OH – A letter has been provided to every township trustee board and city council in Richland County asking for a prohibition on medical marijuana within their respective jurisdictions. Notably, the letter has been signed by seventy clergymen from Richland County, spanning a wide array of denominations.
Medical marijuana refers to the use of cannabis or marijuana, including constituents of cannabis, THC, and other cannabinoids, as a physician-recommended form of medicine or herbal therapy.
Medical marijuana became legal in the state of Ohio on September 8th, 2016. Current restrictions in Ohio requires a user to have no more than 90-days supply in their possesion. In Ohio, medical marijuana may be dispensed as oils, tinctures, plant material, edibles, or patches. The smoking or combustion of medical marijuana is prohibited.
Under existing Ohio law, the approved conditions for which medical marijuana may be perscribed are:
AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic, severe, or intractable pain, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, ulcerative colitis.
The authors of the letter share multiple reasons as to why they believe medical marijuana should be prohibited in the community, such as addictions, crime rates, and the fear medical marijuana sends a bad message to the younger generation. The letter lists other communities who have banned medical marijuana despite residing in states where it is currently allowed. Ohio law currently gives township trustee boards and city councils the authority to ban medical marijuana in their jurisdictions.
Benjamin Mutti, coordinator with the Richland County Prayer Network, said “just because something is called ‘medical’ doesn’t mean that it [does] not have addictions or adverse effects, or that it [does not cause] criminal security breaches.”