Ann Sanner

COLUMBUS, Ohio: The chairman of a task force charged with exploring medical marijuana legalization in Ohio is emphasizing that the panelís process will be fair and open.

The task force met briefly for the first time Thursday. Itís led by Republican Rep. Kirk Schuring of Canton and includes other Ohio House members and representatives of business organizations, law enforcement and medical associations.

Schuring said he wants to let people make their case on the issue, and other task force participants expressed a willingness to learn more about the topic.

Although a sweeping 2015 marijuana legalization effort failed resoundingly, polling surrounding the issue made clear thereís support among Ohio voters for legalizing medical marijuana.

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has said he wants as many facts and perspectives as possible before taking any action.