Senators Visit Cincinnati to Hear Medical Marijuana Opinions

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Two state senators are stopping in Cincinnati as part of an effort to gather public opinions about medical marijuana.

Republican Sen. Dave Burke, of Marysville, and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko (YOO’-koh), of Richmond Heights, are holding a forum Thursday at the University of Cincinnati.

The event comes as the Legislature contemplates its next move on medical marijuana.

Ohio voters resoundingly defeated a marijuana proposal last fall that would have legalized marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use. While unsuccessful, the effort made clear that a future question focused on medical marijuana could pass if lawmakers don’t act.

The senators will hear Ohioans’ opinions about making marijuana available for limited medical uses. Public testimony on the issue is expected to last three hours.

Other forums are planned for Columbus and Toledo.