State House panel to study medical marijuana

Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor cultivation in Montevideo December 6, 2013. Uruguay's senate will vote on December 10 to create a government body to control the cultivation and sale of marijuana and allow residents to grow it at home or as part of smoking clubs. The use of marijuana is already legal in the South American nation, but sale and cultivation is not. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure, which is backed by leftist President Jose Mujica. Picture taken December 6, 2013. REUTERS/Andres Stapff)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The leader of the Ohio House plans to name a bipartisan task force to review the issue of medical marijuana.

State lawmakers have been examining potential legislative steps to address medical marijuana after voters rejected a broad ballot initiative this past November. That proposal sought to legalize pot for medical and recreational use.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger planned to hold a news conference at the Statehouse on Thursday to announce a task force charged with addressing the issue.

Polls suggest Ohio voters back legalized medical marijuana. Rosenberger, a Clarksville Republican, has said the issue has some support within his GOP caucus.

Ohio voters could see a pot legalization question on the ballot this fall. The head of the failed marijuana legalization campaign has said the effort is regrouping for 2016.

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