Driving to Columbus Friday was not something Nicole Scholten of Northside looked forward to.
“I’m not going to say it was easy at all to get there,” Scholten said.
Scholten, whose daughter, Lucy, has drug-resistant epilepsy, made the two-hour drive to testify on behalf of medical marijuana advocates.
A Franklin County judge is deciding whether Ohio’s Commerce Department wrongly denied a cannabis company a permit to grow pot on an industrial scale.
A ruling in favor of the company could delay the launch of the state’s medical marijuana program, which is required by law to be operational in September.
“I don’t get a feeling that anyone feels that this is an urgent need for me and families like mine,” Scholten said.
She believes medical pot will help her daughter deal with debilitating seizures and muscle spasms more effectively than the drug cocktails she currently takes.
“We don’t want to take these harmful, addictive, sometimes deadly benzodiazepines, barbiturates, opiates, for our life-limiting condition,” Scholten said. “Help us.”
While Scholten fears a delay in the start