About 400 people, mainly substance abuse treatment providers, are spending the day learning more about marijuana. The Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board put together the all-day conference because there's so much focus on harder drugs that people are forgetting about pot, which is the drug of choice among Summit County teens.
Dr. Neil Capretto, a medical director at a Pennsylvania-based rehabilitation center, says
"You may not die from marijuana, but marijuana has definitely contributed to deaths because of accidents, increased depression, rates of depression are doubled or tripled, suicide rates are tripled and rates of psychosis are increased," said Capretto.
Much of the discussion was aimed at making a case that legalizing marijuana, even for medicinal purposes, is not good.
"This is a tool to help people relieve pain and nauseousness and so forth," said Montcalm County (Michigan) Health Promotion Coordinator John Kroneck. "If that person's experiencing some success, okay, but again, we have TCH in pill form that has been available to do that."
Kroneck sees negative impacts since pot for medical purposes was legalized in Michigan.
It's unclear whether some form of legalized marijuana is in Ohio's near future.