Polls show that 80- to 90-percent of Ohio voters support allowing patients to use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctors recommend it and just over half say they support allowing adults to possess and use small amounts of marijuana. Twenty-three states have medical marijuana programs, including four states and the District of Columbia which also allow recreational use.
James said he is seeking input on how to craft the next proposal. “We want to bring people together from all regions, backgrounds, parties and affiliations to have a respectful and thoughtful conversation. This includes speaking with pro-marijuana advocates, as well as listening to and working with the business, civic, faith, health and mental health and addiction service communities to better understand and address their concerns.”
Meanwhile, Ohio lawmakers signaled that they are open to crafting a limited medical marijuana program and other groups are seeking to put their marijuana legalization proposals before voters in November 2016.