Ohio House launches new task force to consider legalization of marijuana by MARC KOVAC | CAPITAL BUREAU CHIEF Published: January 18, 2016 1:10 PM
Columbus — The Ohio House formally launched a new task force Jan. 14 to study whether the state should legalize marijuana for medical purposes.
A major investor and attorney with the group behind last year’s failed marijuana legalization amendment are involved in the process and indicated they would not pursue a new ballot issue in November.
Additionally, the law firm representing ResponsibleOhio asked that its proposed Fresh Start Act be withdrawn from legislative consideration, opting instead to seek some sort of agreement with lawmakers.
“We’ve got a diverse group of people — and, I would submit to you, with divergent ideas,” said Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), who will head the new House panel. “I don’t think we’ve ever talked before about this issue. So now’s the time for us to have a clearinghouse of conversations and ideas, not just from these task force members but from the community as a whole, the state of Ohio.”