Celebrity visits Cleveland in support of medical marijuana

Celebrity visits Cleveland in support of medical marijuana

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The marijuana legalization debate in Ohio got more star power involved Thursday.

Monte Williams was in Cleveland to talk about the issue, which is something he is very passionate about.

The former talk show host supports the use of pot for medicinal purposes. Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, says marijuana has helped him battle the disease.

"Is the factual proof behind marijuana as a medical agent and the absolute answer is yes," Williams says. "I have been for the last 15 years advocating across the country in the majority of states that have passed medical marijuana laws to allow patients to get off the battlefield in the middle of this argument."

Williams says politics is getting in the way of the issue.

"The fear is because you think all of the sudden politically it's going to do something to me where really should be worried politically about what you're doing to those who are, the least of us who are suffering because they don't have access to a medication that works," Williams explains.

"The message I brought back from Colorado was 'tell Ohioans not to do it'," says Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine appeared on Cleveland 19 News last week talking about his recent visit to Colorado where medical marijuana is legal.

"There's little kids that have gotten into this, so emergency room visits are up dramatically. The number of calls to poison control centers is up dramatically," DeWine says.

DeWine is also concerned about the effect of brain development for young adults.

"Studies have shown that if a young person is a regular user of marijuana, they're going to have some real, serious consequences," DeWine says.

Voters will decide the issue on Tuesday, November 3.

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