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Ohio Leaders Weigh in on Policy Issues Facing State in 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): Ohio legislative leaders say legalizing marijuana is not high on their to-do lists.
 
Backers of a ballot effort in Ohio would allow a network of 10 growers to send the product to designated testing facilities for safety and potency screenings. The pot would then go to not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensaries or retail outlets or be infused into various consumer products.
 
Senate President Keith Faber says while no similar idea is pending in the Senate, his chamber would not support one. House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he's “not a big fan'' of the initiative.
 
Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni says Ohio should invest in research on marijuana's potential medicinal benefits. 
 
The leaders spoke Thursday at a legislative preview session for journalists organized by The Associated Press.

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