COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest from a forum for journalists organized by The Associated Press (all times local):
Ohio’s Republican statewide officers are weighing in on the issue of medical marijuana as the General Assembly studies the topic.
Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says Ohio lawmakers should work with law enforcement and medical professionals to develop a focused approach to medical marijuana. Attorney General Mike DeWine says it’s up to the legislature, while noting ongoing clinical trials examining the use of medical marijuana. Auditor Dave Yost said he supports tightly controlled medical marijuana. Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) cautioned that the “devil is in the details” of any approach.
The officeholders spoke at forum Thursday organized by The Associated Press.
Ohio voters resoundingly defeated a marijuana proposal last fall that would have legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. While that effort was unsuccessful, polls indicate support for medical marijuana.
Ohio’s statewide officers say they believe that fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) should sign a bill aimed at diverting money away…