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Two Senators With Different Perspectives On Medical Marijuana Begin Listening Tour

Ohio Senate
Sen. David Burke (R-Marysville) and Sen. Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights)

With lawmakers in the Ohio House forming a task force to deal with medicinal marijuana, two State senators who have different perspectives on medical pot are trying a different approach to see what Ohioans think about the issue.

Republican State Senator David Burke is a pharmacist.

“I remain a skeptic to the medical benefits of marijuana.”

Democratic State Senator Kenny Yuko, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, is a believer in medical marijuana.

“My hindrance in the past has been cooperation from my colleagues. I’m getting their cooperation now.” 

Yuko and Burke will hold meetings in three cities during the next couple of months to see what Ohioans want in a medical marijuana proposal. The lawmakers say that feedback will be used to develop legislation. Meanwhile, the Ohio House has a task force working on the issue.

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