Pubdate: Mon, 06 Jun 2016
Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Copyright: 2016 The Columbus Dispatch
Author: William Bruns


I respond to the Tuesday letter "Legislators answered call with 
marijuana bill" from Aaron Neumann, who congratulated the legislature 
for passing medical-marijuana legislation rather than allowing a 
ballot initiative to create a law without the legislature's input or approval.

However, Neumann was critical of the bill's burdensome regulations, 
restrictions and red tape. He should have mentioned that one can't 
actually possess, grow or ingest the unprocessed plant that is the 
law's namesake, even with a prescription. Marijuana the plant will 
remain just as illegal as it was before the bill is passed.

Ohio's medical-marijuana law is not concerned with allowing suffering 
people access to marijuana but about stopping ballot initiatives - 
just as last year's State Issue 2 was about stopping marijuana legalization.

William Bruns

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