Troy Daily News
May 23, 2016
by Steve Huffman
After hearing from hundreds of witnesses and nearly 25 hours of testimony as part of the Medical Marijuana Task Force, I have sponsored legislation that would legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. As a practicing physician for more than 20 years, I believe that through the many different perspectives we heard on the task force, the state legislature is positioned to put forward a plan that will serve the best interests of Ohioans.
That Ohio is a ballot initiative state is another reason why I believe it is important that the legislature lead on this issue. Whereas the legislature can more easily make changes down the road to address specific concerns, a ballot initiative forever changes the state’s constitution and has the potential to be inflexible and unresponsive to the future needs of Ohioans.