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State legislature needs to lead on medical marijuana

May 24, 2016

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.

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