COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Legislative leaders and statewide officers weighed in Thursday on how Ohio should address the issue of medical marijuana, with most agreeing that the matter is not going away.
State lawmakers have been examining how to address medical marijuana since Ohio voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative in November that sought to legalize pot for medical and recreational use. The measure would have established 10 sites with exclusive authority to grow marijuana, and with profits going to the issue’s deep-pocketed investors.
While the initiative tanked, polls surrounding the ballot issue suggested Ohioans support medical marijuana.
Speaking at a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press, Attorney General Mike DeWine said he believed future action was up to the legislature, while noting ongoing clinical trials studying medical marijuana.
Auditor Dave Yost said he supports a tightly controlled medical marijuana law and did not think Ohio needed “a double-blind study” to make marijuana or cannabis products available to people suffering from severe medical conditions.
Treasurer Josh Mandel cautioned that the “devil is in the details” of any proposal,…