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Ohio State Senators on Statewide Tour to Gauge Attitudes on Medical Marijuana

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cleveland will be the first stop on a multi-city tour where state senators plan to gauge Ohio’s attitudes toward medical marijuana. Sens. Dave Burke, a Marysville Republican, and Kenny Yuko, a Richmond Heights Democrat, said they also plan to travel to Toledo and Cincinnati to hear testimony from physicians, patients, law enforcement, and anyone else who wants to share their thoughts with the duo. Yuko, a longtime medical marijuana supporter, said at a Tuesday news conference he hopes the meetings will lead to legal marijuana use for medical conditions as 23 other states have done. Burke, a pharmacist, said he’s skeptical about the medical benefits of marijuana because it is not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration as are other medicines. Burke said he has an open mind and is eager to learn more on the listening tour. [Read more at]

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