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One supporting organization, Ohio Rights Group (ORG), is actively working to get the 385,000 valid voter signatures needed to put the legalization of medical marijuana on the November 2014 ballot. Legalization of medical marijuana can mean potentially safer relief from pain and even last-resort treatment that addresses certain medical conditions for some individuals. However some criminal law issues may remain, even for legal users.
Clearly, the tide of public opinion is changing. As recently as 1990, polls showed that 81 percent of Americans were opposed to cannabis legalization, but a 2013 poll showed 52 percent in favor. Thus, it is not surprising that when Ohio lawmakers returned to work in January 2014, they initiated discussions about the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana. Still, while legalization might reduce the number of overall arrests for marijuana possession, the following new issues can come up:
If a new medical marijuana law is signed into the books in Ohio, anyone involved — including growers, suppliers and users — must proceed carefully within the parameters of the law. A knowledgeable Ohio drug defense attorney can help you stay on the right side of the law and provide legal support if issues do arise.