COLUMBUS—Today, State Senators Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights) and Dave Burke (R-Marysville) announced their plan to host a series of town hall forums across the state to gather Ohioans’ opinions on medical marijuana.

“This is our chance as legislators to listen to advocates and skeptics and come to an agreement that will benefit people living with difficult medical conditions,” said Senator Yuko. “A Quinnipiac poll in October showed that 90% of Ohioans support medical marijuana. I am hopeful that these town hall meetings will give many faces to the support we have seen in the polls.”

The senators will hold a series of public town hall events in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and possibly Columbus. These events will provide an opportunity for Ohioans to share their opinions on medical marijuana. Ohio citizens are also encouraged to share their thoughts with the senators via letters or email.

Cleveland State University will host the first public forum at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 in the Gerald H. Gordon Conference Pavilion of the Wolstein Center. The exact dates, times and site locations for the other events will be announced later this week. 

"Following the discussions surrounding Issue 3 last November, many Ohioans support having serious talks about medical marijuana," said Senator Burke. "I believe my skills as a pharmacist and legislator qualify me to help study this further—although, I do remain skeptical about the issue. Leading requires listening, and I look forward to hearing from Ohioans on each side of this issue.”

Senator Yuko is a longtime advocate for medical marijuana. The senator - who is living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) – has been actively involved in organizations aiding individuals with MS and Rett Syndrome throughout his political career.  He first introduced a bill to legalize medical marijuana during his first term as State Representative in 2005. 

“This is about quality of life for the elderly, for young kids who are suffering needlessly and the parents that care for them," said Senator Yuko. "We need to listen to the voices of the people we represent. I look forward to hearing from more people around the state about what medical marijuana means to them and their families.”

The public is encouraged to attend the forums in person or submit written testimony directly to Senator Yuko at Yuko@OhioSenate.gov and Senator Burke at Burke@OhioSenate.gov.

 
 
 
  
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