Ohio House steps it up on medical marijuana: Thomas Suddes

More than a token, but something short of tokin’: That’s the Ohio General Assembly’s task in trying to craft a bill legalizing Ohioans’ use of medical marijuana.

The science may or may not be there, at least not entirely. But what looks like a public consensus seems to be. And that consensus is that marijuana’s chemical components can help Ohioans fighting certain illnesses or enduring, say, chemotherapy.

Pending in a House committee is House Bill 523, a bipartisan medical marijuana plan sponsored by Reps. Stephen Huffman of Tipp City and Kirk Schuring of Canton, both Republicans, and Dan Ramos, a Lorain Democrat. Huffman’s a physician. He earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences). Among those praising the House for taking up the medical marijuana issue: Sen. Kenny Yuko, a Richmond Heights Democrat, a longtime proponent of medical marijuana.

For details on HB 523, as the bill is now worded, see the explainer (“analysis”) available at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s website, lsc.ohio.gov.

To read more: http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/05/marijuana_ballot_measures_chal.html

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