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Two Ohio Lawmakers Plan Listening Tour On Medical Marijuana

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James St. John
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Two state Senators plan to travel the state to gather public opinion on medical marijuana.

Two state lawmakers plan to travel around Ohio gathering public opinion as the Legislature contemplates its next move on medical marijuana.

Republican Sen. Dave Burke, of Marysville, and Democratic Sen. Kenny Yuko, of Richmond Heights, on Tuesday announced a series of public forums in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus. They'll hear Ohioans' opinions about making marijuana available for limited medical uses.

The forums will kick off Jan. 30 at Cleveland State University.

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' effort follows creation of a medical marijuana task force by the Ohio House.