Far from legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, as has been suggested, West Virginia legislators ought to take another look at the statute allowing its use for medicinal reasons.
Use of the active ingredient in marijuana to help those suffering from some injuries and diseases was approved last year by the Legislature. The move came after years of emotional appeals from those who believe the drug may be a godsend to some Mountain State residents.
Consideration of specific rules for such sales is underway now. Under the law, marijuana will not be available through prescriptions until July 2019.
Members of the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health discussed the drug last week. What was said should be viewed as a yellow light, at the very least, on the marijuana legalization highway.
Legalization of the drug for health care purposes “is simply a back door for recreational use,” warned Dr. John Holloway, chairman of the board.
County health officer Dr. William Mercer agreed. “Recreational marijuana follows everywhere in two years,” he commented.
Mercer and Holloway also voiced reservations about medicinal marijuana. “Medicinal use