OHIO: After years of resistance, Republican legislative leaders are now heading down the path toward legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
At the same time, ResponsibleOhio marijuana investor Dr. Suresh Gupta said Wednesday the marijuana campaign that stumbled badly Tuesday will be back, possibly next year, with a plan that doesn’t involve a monopoly. “Absolutely. We’re not here to run away,” said Gupta, a Dayton anesthesiologist and pain-management physician who owns a proposed pot-growing site in Pataskala.
Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, said the legislative plan is to engage the medical community, possibly including state funding for studies, and release a series of bills and resolutions in the coming weeks, with potential action next year. They will include a pilot program and urging Congress to drop marijuana to a lower drug classification.