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State Lawmaker Urges His Colleagues to Take Bipartisan Action Now on Medical Marijuana

A Democratic lawmaker who suffers from multiple sclerosis says Ohioans are growing impatient waiting for medical marijuana. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Sen. Kenny Yuko says he wants to come up with a way to license and regulate medical marijuana, saying he feels it’s time for state lawmakers to stop joking about the medical marijuana proposals he repeatedly sponsors.

“Every time we mention medical marijuana, immediately people envision Cheech and Chong, George Carlin and the millions of times I’ve heard the jokes how many joint sponsors do you have for your legislation?”

Yuko is calling on colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come up with a bipartisan plan now that would allow the state to control it and seize maximum financial benefit from it. Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has said his caucus supports medical pot, but was cautious in talking about how quickly it might happen.

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