KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Anti-marijuana flyers have appeared on thousands of cars throughout Kettering.
The yellow flyers were tucked under windshield wipers over the holiday weekend.
2 NEWS learned Susan Wild, a woman in her late 70’s is behind the print-outs. Wild says she, her husband and a group of friends place about 3,000 hand-outs on cars over a period of two days.
The anti-marijuana advocates were out during Sunday’s Arts & Crafts show at the Fraze Pavilion and the Holiday at Home Parade.
Wild says she specifically targeted parade goers because she was hoping to reach parents of small children.
The flyer says in bold, ‘Do you know marijuana’. It goes on to list the following several claims about the drug:
- Potency of the most active chemical (THC) is 10-20 times stronger than 30 years ago, making it more dangerous.
- Is a fat soluble, mind altering, toxic drug that remains in the body for up to one month. Alcohol is water-soluble eliminated by urine.
- Is most dangerous for those between the ages of 12 to 22 when the brain is not fully developed and can cause permanent brain damage.
- Use is related to motor vehicle accidents, diminished lifetime achievement and chronic bronchitis (The flyer attributes this to the New England Journal of Medicine)
- Contributes to mental illness
- Is addictive, one in six who start using as adolescents become addicted
- Up to 90 percent of those who drug overdosed started their drug journey with marijuana
- In Colorado 75 percent of marijuana used by teenagers is provided by adults who can legally buy it
The bottom of the flyer says, “Legalization diminishes parents’ argument for their children not to use”.
“I am a believer that one person can make a difference and I also believe that silence equals agreement the citizens must speak out on the issue once they have the facts,” said Wild.
Wild and her friends hope you will vote ‘no’ on Issue 3 this November. The group spent nearly $200 of their own money on the flyers.
2 NEWS reached out to ResponsibleOhio, an organization working to legalize the drug to get their take on these handouts.
Faith Oltman, ResponsibleOhio spokesperson said, “We want to protect our kids and make sure marijuana stays out of their hands too. Right now, drug dealers are selling to kids and they have access to highly-addictive, highly-dangerous drugs like heroin. Issue 3 will allow us to take back our streets from drug dealers who don’t ID kids and it will create a tightly-regulated, taxed and safe industry for adults 21 and older.”