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No momentum for Ohio medical marijuana bill

April 12, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A state lawmaker says fear of a political backlash is keeping medical marijuana from becoming legal in Ohio.

State Rep. Bob Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown, co-sponsored a bill last week that would make Ohio the 15th state to allow medicinal marijuana. But Hagan said the bill is certain to go nowhere because his colleagues in the Legislature aren’t brave enough to pass it.

A 2009 poll conducted by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati found that 73 percent of Ohio adults favored allowing medical marijuana.

Amanda Wurst, a spokeswoman for Gov. Ted Strickland, said the governor believes that there are existing medicines available that provide appropriate patient care.

Other opponents say marijuana should go through the formal scrutiny of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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