Ohio leaders to discuss ideas from medical marijuana panel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio House leaders are ready to discuss findings of a legislative task force that’s been studying the future of legalized medical marijuana in the state.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, task force chairman Rep. Kirk Schuring, of Canton, and others have scheduled a news conference Wednesday.

The panel wrapped up its work last month with a marathon session involving about 40 witnesses.

The group was created after Ohio voters overwhelmingly defeated a sweeping ballot measure last fall that would’ve legalized cannabis for personal and medical use. Surveys at the time made clear most Ohioans favor medical marijuana.

Senate President Keith Faber (FAY’-buhr) said he anticipates legislation allowing medical marijuana could pass before legislators’ summer break. It’s not yet clear whether the Senate will have a competing bill.