COLUMBUS, Ohio — State senators plan to announce Tuesday morning they will travel the state to learn more about how Ohio could legalize marijuana for medical use.
Leading the Senate’s effort are Sens. Kenny Yuko and Dave Burke. Yuko, a Richmond Heights Democrat, introduced a medical marijuana bill seven years ago when he was in the Ohio House. Burke, a Marysville Republican and a pharmacist, said the issue is “uncomfortable” for him, but the legislature needs to take a thoughtful look at the issue.
Yuko and Burke agreed Issue 3, last year’s failed recreational marijuana measure, was profit-driven and their effort will not consider recreational marijuana use.
Twenty-three states have comprehensive medical marijuana programs where people with certain medical conditions can legally purchase and consume marijuana. Another 17 states have legalized marijuana high in cannabidiol (CBD) a compound found in marijuana that does not produce a “high” and is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Such marijuana has been used to treat severe seizure disorders.
Tuesday’s announcement follows the formation of a House-sponsored medical marijuana task force whose membership raised more than a…