BY: SAMANA SHEIKH
PUBLISHED 8:30 AM ET OCT. 04, 2023 on Spectrum News 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — This upcoming November, Ohioans will decide the fate of recreational marijuana on the ballot.
State Issue 2 could legalize recreational marijuana for anyone 21-years-old and up, and those adults would have the right to buy, possess, and grow the substance. However, before constituents cast their vote, many people are weighing in on the pros and cons regarding the potential impact of recreational marijuana on health.
What You Need To Know
- Early voting begins next week as Ohioans will get the opportunity to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana statewide
- There is research supporting both sides of the issue in regards to recreational marijuana and its health impact
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three in 10 people who use marijuana develop marijuana use disorder.
As early voting begins next week, many Ohioans will be asked about State Issue 2. An aspect that could affect their vote could be messages they are hearing regarding how recreational marijuana affects health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about three in 10 people who use marijuana develop a marijuana use disorder.
“It is an addictive substance,” said Fran Gerbig, Executive Director of Prevention Action Alliance. “Knowing that the potency of THC in products has increased from 4% in 1995 to almost 95%, 98% in some products is very concerning because the higher the potency, the more at risk people are for developing addiction.” Read more here.