The Legalization of Marijuana

Carla Calhoun

In 1970 the U.S. Congress placed marijuana in Schedule 1 of the controlled substance acts because they considered it to have no accepted medical use. Since then, 33 of 50 US States and DC have legalized the medical use of marijuana. Many argue that it is a safe and effective treatment for the symptoms of cancer, anxiety, seizures, pain management, AIDS and other medical conditions. to harder drugs, interferes with fertility, impairs driving, and cause injury to the lungs, immune system and brain. (

What is the truth? People argue that it is natural and from the earth and that it is much safer than “street marijuana.”

All medical marijuana is not the same and different types, which includes cannabidiol oil, treat various illness, and when purchasing you must identify your medical complaint.

California implemented legal recreational marijuana sales on January 1, 2018. In California for example, there are both medical and recreational legal cannabis stores and dispensaries located from San Francisco to San Diego. Only patients with qualifying conditions may visit medical marijuana dispensaries.

Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid government issued Medical Marijuana ID card aka “MMID” can shop at a recreational dispensary in the state. This card also allows the patient to “grow at home” and use medical cannabis delivery services.

Ohioans will not vote in 2019 on whether to broadly legalize marijuana in the Buckeye State, despite several recent reports to the contrary. There was a proposed constitutional amendment in the works last year, but that effort largely fizzled out. (Excerpt from the Cincinnati Enquirer, June 20, 2019)
However, there is much contradictory information about legalizing Marijuana in Ohio. For example, Central State University and Hocking Technical College got approval to set up medical marijuana testing labs.

Both Columbus and Cincinnati have legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Ohio Medical Marijuana Law prohibits smoking medical marijuana or growing it at home. Recreational use of marijuana is still illegal in Ohio…the application must be submitted on a patient’s behalf by a physician approved by the Ohio State Medical Board who possesses a certification to recommend medical marijuana.

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