With members pledging to be open-minded and willing to learn, the new House Medicinal Marijuana Task Force met briefly for the first time Thursday.
The 15-member panel will start taking testimony from the public at its hearing on Feb. 11. Testimony generally will be taken in the order that people contact Rep. Kirk Schuring’s office.
The Canton Republican is heading the group and stressed that he is not approaching it with any preconceived notions about medical marijuana or what the committee will recommend in a report likely at the end of March.
Two other lawmakers also sit on the panel. Rep. Dan Ramos, D-Lorain, said he is generally in favor of legalizing medical marijuana because it sounds like there can be some positive uses for it.
Rep. Stephen Huffman, R-Tipp City, a practicing physician for 20 years, said he’s looking at evidence-based medicine, and there are a number of marijuana-derived products being used in Europe to treat seizures and multiple sclerosis and being tested at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“More than likely, they will be approved by the (U.S. Food & Drug…