Tri-County Board opposes marijuana legalization in Ohio


Staff report



TROY — At its Sept. 16 meeting, the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services formally adopted a position statement opposing efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio.

In doing so, the board joins an expanding list of public and private organizations, including business owners, health care and behavioral health professionals and law enforcement groups to oppose efforts to legalize marijuana in Ohio, Tri-County officials said.

The full text of the position statement is:

“The Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services opposes the legalization and commercialization of marijuana for recreational purposes. The Board also opposes the constitutional amendment process for the purpose of legalizing the personal use of marijuana, designation of growth sites, and designation of testing facilities.

“Legalizing marijuana for medical use should not be decided by legislative or voter initiative. Marijuana should be subject to the same research, consideration, and study as any other potential medicine, under the standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).”

Tri-County Board Executive Director Mark McDaniel noted that the position statement is very similar to one adopted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities. That statement in turn was based on a position statement crafted by the Drug Free Action Alliance, DFAA.

For more information and educational resources about the science and impact of marijuana, especially on adolescents, go to the DFAA website, www.drugfreeactionalliance.org.

Staff report