Group that fought medical marijuana gets 2 on advisory panel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new medical marijuana advisory committee will include two members of a group that fought legalization, raising concerns among advocates about whether the panel will be stacked against patients.

The 14-member panel’s roster was set with final appointments Thursday.

Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger has named Marcie Seidel (SY’-del), executive director of the Drug Free Action Alliance, as one of his two appointees. The assistant director at the alliance, Tony Coder, was named to the committee by Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik). They’re designated to represent people involved in mental health treatment and alcohol- and drug-addiction treatment, respectively.

Rosenberger says the alliance has in-depth knowledge of medical marijuana laws and Seidel brings “broad understanding” to the post.

Ohioans for Medical Marijuana says the appointments weren’t made in good faith.

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