Multiple state legislators in Ohio have launched separate initiatives seeking to gain more information about medical cannabis, and the ways in which legalization of the substance would impact the state.
One such initiative, launched by state Sens. Dave Burke (R-Marysville) and Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) announced recently that they will hold a series of public information sessions throughout the state, beginning January 30, to gather more information on the topic. The tour will include stops in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, and Columbus.
“Other drugs are administered and overseen by the federal government,”
said Burke, a pharmacist.
“If we are going to use a substance as a drug, to me, it should follow that process. My fear in the state process is that there are variabilities from state to state.”
The senators’ trip was announced following the formation of a separate 15-member House task force that will also examine the issue of medical cannabis. The House panel –comprised of individuals from across the political, medical, and business spheres– plans to assess the issue and generate relevant recommendations by the end of March.
An initiative to legalize cannabis in the state was placed on the ballot in November 2015, an effort that ultimately fell short. State advocacy groups are debating whether to push for another ballot initiative this year.
Polling of Ohioans has found strong support for the legalization of medical cannabis.