medical marijuana

Medical marijuana study

State senators leading an inquiry into whether Ohio should consider legalizing medical marijuana brought their listening tour to Cincinnati yesterday. Democrat Kenny Yuko,  who has multiple sclerosis, is a firm supporter.

“It’s an opportunity to take a natural plant and provide a quality-of-life change for people who are suffering day-in-and-day out.”

Republican Dave Burke is less convinced.

Yuko and Burke

  Two Ohio senators are touring the state listening to views on medical marijuana. During a stop in Cincinnati this week, Nicole Scholten with Ohio Families Cann says her daughter Lucy suffers from hundreds of daily seizures and cerebral palsy. Scholten believes medical marijuana could improve Lucy's quality of life.

Yuko and Burke

Two state senators are traveling the state to hear public opinion on medical marijuana, and they made their first stop in Cleveland over the weekend.

Republican State Sen. Dave Burke of Marysville and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko of Richmond Heights were at Cleveland State University for the first of several public forums. The session included everyone from doctors warning against marijuana use, to first-person testimonials about its effectiveness for cancer patients. Burke says that information is crucial in determining how the Statehouse should proceed on the issue.

photo of State Senator Kenny Yuko (D) left, and State Senator David Burke (R)right

  With lawmakers in the Ohio House forming a task force to deal with medicinal marijuana, two state senators with different perspectives on medical pot are trying a different approach to see what Ohioans think about the issue. 

Republican Ohio Sen. David Burke is a pharmacist.

“I remain a skeptic to the medical benefits of marijuana.”

Democratic state Sen. Kenny Yuko, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is a believer.

“My hindrance in the past has been cooperation from my colleagues. I’m getting their cooperation now.” 

photo of Ohio's medical marijuana task force

The Ohio House’s new task force to study medical marijuana doesn’t include representatives of some long time advocates. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

The task force includes Republican and Democratic lawmakers and even some fundraisers for the failed attempt to legalize marijuana last fall. But Cher Neufer with Ohio Norml is concerned about who isn’t included on that panel.

“The panel does not appear to include patients or any patient advocacy group.”