local physician is getting involved in a renewed push to make medical marijuana
legal in Ohio.
of the Ohio Rights Group met in Perrysburg on Tuesday as their consultant Dr.
Heather Carone presented facts about medical marijuana and the benefits of it.
Frate family attended the presentation. Their daughter Paige has Dravets
Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, and she suffers from daily seizures. Her
mother Kristina says she understands medical marijuana is not a cure, but she
believes in the benefits.
think I'm going to give my 3-year-old a joint and she's going to smoke it, so I
think it comes down to a lack of education," Frate said. "Once people truly
understand the impacts it could potentially have - it could save a child's life
– I think they'll change their opinions."
Carone explained that patients do not smoke medical marijuana, but rather take
it in a pill form, or even oil that's rubbed onto the skin. She explained that
marijuana is currently listed as a schedule one drug, which means it has not
medical benefits, but she says that's not true.
is a very real medication that we're just starting to explore the possibilities
of," Carone said. "When you see people that have MS, and they use this drug
that really is so safe and it changes their whole lives, it just seems
ridiculous that people don't have access to it in Ohio."