Union Hospital Opposes Legalization of Marijuana

Union Hospital has announced that it opposes the legalization of marijuana in Ohio and the proposed ballot issue that will be decided by voters in November.

“Union Hospital is committed to providing for the overall health of the residents of the Tuscarawas Valley,” said Bruce James, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer. “Research has confirmed that the use of marijuana can negatively impact the long-term health of users. The hospital strongly opposes the legalization of marijuana in our state.”

State Issue 3, which will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot, proposes a constitutional amendment in Ohio that would provide for the legalization of marijuana. The amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio would legalize marijuana use by adults ages 21 and older, and permit medical marijuana use for minors with parental consent, among other provisions.

Approval of State Issue 3 also would permit the production of marijuana products such as cookies and candies that could negatively affect the health of children, James said.

“There are a number of serious health and safety concerns associated with any potential proposal to legalize marijuana,” James said. “For all of these reasons, Union Hospital is opposed to legalizing marijuana.”

The Ohio Hospital Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation are among the many organizations that also have announced opposition to legalization of marijuana and State Issue 3.

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