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Medical Marijuana Debate in Ohio Heats Up
HUBER HEIGHTS -- The debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio is already a hot topic.
"Personally, I'm against it. It does still slow you down physically and emotionally," said George Stevens.
"I'm definitely for it, a lot of patients need it," said Tyler Hawkins.
Those on both sides of the issue are speaking out, since it could end up on the state's ballot next year.
One Huber Heights family is speaking out as well, because they say the illegal drug is saving their loved one's life.
"Every time I hear him laugh, I can't help but laugh," said Tara Stevens. "And I want to cry sometimes, because knowing I have my dad back, it's just an amazing feeling."
Allen Prather was diagnosed with prostate cancer more than three years ago and the prognosis wasn't good.
"My dad's was not caught early, it was caught late," Stevens said. "Pretty devastating news to find out that any of your loved ones has such a form of cancer."
For the past three years, he's been on several prescription drugs.
"His pain was so bad that my mom thought she was going to have to take him to the hospital," said Stevens.
Allen was popping six Vicodin a day to help dull the pain, but he's now down to one, and hopes to soon be down to none.
"He's on the hemp oil for five days and he's completely off the Vicodin, he's pain free," said Stevens.
Allen and his wife traveled to California for the hemp oil treatment, where it's legal.
It's not legal in Ohio because it's in the same drug class as marijuana.
Prather said the trip to California was definitely worth it.
His grandson sits by his side as he speaks to an ABC 22/FOX 45 reporter.
"Why is this important to you?" asked the reporter. "A life. Being alive? A life," said Prather.
A life Allen plans to keep fighting for, and now an issue his family wants to fight for to help others.
An Ohio Rights Group is working to get more than 300,000 signatures on a petition to have the issue put on the state's ballot next year.
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