State Sen. Tom Roberts is unveiling the details of his proposed Ohio Medical Compassion Act today.

According to Roberts “Our laws should reflect the latest in medical research, which has shown that medical cannabis has a variety of benefits for treating pain, nausea and other symptoms related to a wide range of disease.”

According to the press release 12 other states have already “decriminalized penalties for the medicinal use of cannabis: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawai, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Rhode Island and Washington.”

It seems unlikely that Ohio will join these states in their sensible approach to the medical use of cannabis as long as the GOP controls our legislature.

Still – it’s about time we started the conversation.