What is Marijuana? 

Marijuana is a hallucinogenic drug made from the dried Cannibas plant. The drug is often smoked in a cigarette called a joint, a cigar called a blunt, or in a water pipe called a bong. There are other ways to injest Marijuana though, typically in foods such as baked goods or candies. In states where Marijuana has been legalized, dispensaries sell these edible products which look very similar if not exactly like the foods you'd find at the supermarket.

Marijuana causes hallucinogenic effects, but also stimulates (speeds) the heart rate while it depresses (slows) the messages between the brain and body. The intoxicating checmical in Marijuana is tetrahydracannabinol, or THC. Users experience an increase in tolerance to the drug over time, which can lead to addiction. Symptoms of dependence can include loss of motivation, anxiety, nausea, and insomnia.

The Marijuana available today is not the same drug used in the 1960's. It's much stronger. Since the governement declared Marijuana a Schedule I drug in 1970, confiscated samples have been tested and show that the Marijuana available today is significantly more potent than that available even just a decade ago. Inexperienced users may use too much, and though Marijuana does not carry the risk of overdose as other drugs do, impairment can lead to other activities which could be deadly, such as driving.

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There are several commonly held beliefs about marijuana which aren't true. With the proposed ballot initiative coming to a vote in November, these are the facts you need to know. 

Myth: Marijuana is not addictive.

  • Marijuana is both addictive and harmful to the human brain, especially when used as an adolescent.
  • One in every six 16 year-olds (and one in every eleven adults) who try marijuana will become addicted to it.
  • The majority of adolescents who receive treatment for substance use at Maryhaven use marijuana.
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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified yesterday that the political action committee ResponsibleOhio collected enough signatures to have their initiative to legalize marijuana for medical and recreational use on the ballot in November 2015.  The ResponsibleOhio proposal would amend the Ohio Constitution to provide for the legalization of the use of medical marijuana by patients with a medical marijuana certification recommended by the patient’s treating physician and the recreational use of marijuana and marijuana-infused products (candy, food, beverages) for personal use in amounts of one ounce or less by individuals 21 years of age or older, by providing, among other provisions. 

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Ohio has two proposed ballot initiatives that are in the process of collecting signatures for a vote to amend Ohio’s Constitution to approve use of marijuana for medical purposes. 

Keep This in Mind

The Union County Drug Free Coalition has supported the stance that “marijuana as medicine should be treated with the same logical, rational approach as any other drug” and be subject to the same rigorous research, inspection and approval by the US Dept. of Food and Drug Administration for increased health and safety.

In short, we agree that citizens should not vote on marijuana as a medicine just as we do not vote on Lipitor, Zoloft or any other drugs as a medicine.

In other states where medical marijuana is legal, marijuana is not just sold in its raw form, but also as marijuana-based foods, beverages and candies.

“One in 11 people who have ever used marijuana will become dependent on it; this risk rises to 1 in 6 when use begins in adolescence.” - White House Office of National Drug Control Policy