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Ohio Lawmakers Say They Will Introduce Medical Marijuana Legislation

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On the heels of the defeat of a proposal to legalize marijuana, state lawmakers in the Ohio House said Wednesday they plan to move forward with several bills related to medical marijuana.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a Republican from Southwest Ohio, told reporters Wednesday that Republicans plan to take a “measured and methodical approach” to drafting and passing medical marijuana legislation.

Issue 3, which would have also legalized recreational use, received only 36 percent of the votes cast Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Rosenberger said he has no interest in allowing non-medical use, but said polling showed Ohioans overwhelmingly support medical marijuana.

Meanwhile, marijuana advocates say they are already making plans to put legalization before voters in the November 2016 presidential election.

In the coming weeks, Rosenberger said, lawmakers plan to introduce resolutions urging the federal government to move marijuana down on the list of controlled substances and the Food and Drug Administration to allow more medical-related studies in Ohio. [Read more at Cleveland.com]

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