Can Ohio lawmakers stop efforts to put medical marijuana on the ballot?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio lawmakers working on a medical marijuana bill have two difficult tasks ahead of them — persuade their conservative colleagues to approve legislation and convince voters their solution is better than a ballot initiative.

Most lawmakers in the GOP-controlled General Assembly don’t like the idea of legalizing marijuana for any use. But all signs indicate Ohioans would approve a medical marijuana ballot measure, and lawmakers would rather be able to control legal cannabis through legislation instead of catering to a law crafted by advocates or out-of-state interests.

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