Lawmakers have obviously seen these polls and heard from their constituents, as both the House and Senate announced plans to study the issue of medical marijuana. The House will do this through a newly created Medical Marijuana Task Force, while the Senate plans a statewide listening tour.
The 15-member House task force includes three state representatives and 12 public members representing law enforcement, the medical community, marijuana legalization advocates, and business. Linda Hondros, former chair of the board of directors of the Ohio Chamber, is the Ohio Chamber’s representative on the task force. Marijuana legalization advocates on the task force include the author of the ResponsibleOhio constitutional amendment as well as the group’s primary financial backer.
The Senate’s fact-finding mission will be led by Sen. Dave Burke, a Republican, and Kenny Yuko, a Democrat. They will host a series of town hall forums across the state to gather input from Ohioans on whether marijuana should be decriminalized for limited medical use. The first of these was held on Saturday in Cleveland, with three more set for February in Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus.