Ohio says no to Issue 3 and legal mariju 0 26203413 ver1.0 640 480On Tuesday, Ohio celebrated the defeat of marijuana legalization. Ohio is being looked at on a national level with articles from news outlets around the country that include the LA Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN and many others.  

The conversation about legalization is getting louder. Ohio needs to continue working hard to protect the health and safety of our children, families and communities.  

While the recent proposed legislation failed, the use of medical marijuana remains an emotionally charged topic.  Many compassionate voters and law makers support the use of medical marijuana for relieving pain or other specific medical problems such as seizure disorders among children. 

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Is Marijuana Promoting to Kids?

Buddy

Some of you may have missed it, but the ResponsibleOhio bus was parked in front of the Union County Court House recently as part of the Green Rush Bus Tour. The multi-million dollar push to legalize marijuana includes the use of a new mascot by the name of “Buddie”. As described in The Columbus Dispatch, “His head is a giant green marijuana bud with a face plastered with a smile from ear to ear. He wears a white body suit with a "B" on his chest, green gloves and boots, and blue cape. He has six-pack abs, bulging biceps, and powerful thighs.”

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News about Marijuana

Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So where do you start? And what should you say?

If the Responsible Ohio issue passes in November

You may have noticed signature collectors in Marysville and other areas this week for the legalization of marijuana in Ohio.  The proposed amendments would create a change to the Ohio Constitution similar to how legalized casino gambling came into Ohio. One of the more recognized issues suggests legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes and if passed, Ohio would also become the third state to legalize for recreational purposes in the U.S.

  • People using marijuana for medicinal purposes will be allowed to use marijuana in the workplace.
  • Children of any age could receive marijuana for medicinal purposes with the written consent of a parent.
  • There are no requirements for physician training on how to recommend marijuana to patients.
  • There are no limits to the amount of marijuana that a physician can recommend.

Marijuana is not “prescribed” by a physician, because prescription medications are only recognized, researched and approved by the U.S. Food and  Drug Administration.  The FDA has not approved any product containing or derived from botanical marijuana for any indication. This means that the FDA has not found any such product to be safe or effective for the treatment of any disease or condition. Study of marijuana in clinical trial settings is needed to assess the safety and effectiveness of marijuana for medical use. The FDA states that it will continue to facilitate the work of companies interested in appropriately bringing safe, effective, and quality products to market, including scientifically-based research concerning the medicinal uses of marijuana.  (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration)

 

Marijuana

Despite the fact that many students believe the majority of their peers have used or are currently using marijuana, 91% of students reported they have not used Marjiuana in the 30 days prior to the survey.

Of those students who reported they had used Marijuana, 59% said they got it from a friend or peer. While 27% said they bought it from a dealer, 54% had been given the drug

Of those students who said they use, 40% said that an adult at home uses too

When asked about the risk of abusing drugs, students overwhelmingly felt the most risky substances were prescription drugs, followed by tobacco, alcohol, and then marijuana. In fact, 30% of students did not feel that marijuana use was risky at all! 

 

*1,575 7th, 9th and 11th grade students from each of the public school districts in Union County provided these responses on the 2014 Union County Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 

 

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